Gay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gay family

The surname Gay was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Important Dates for the Gay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gay research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1298, 1401, 1542, 1776, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Gay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guay, Guait, Guai, Guet, Gay, Guaye, de Guay, de Gay, de Guaye, Castonguay and many more.

Early Notables of the Gay family (pre 1700)

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Gay migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Gay, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • James Gay who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • James Gay, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • William Gay, who settled in Virginia in 1630
  • William Gay, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Gay, aged 20, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Anne Gay, who settled in Maryland in 1723
  • Samuel Gay, who landed in Virginia in 1740 [1]
  • Jacob Gay, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • William Gay, who landed in Virginia in 1772 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • I Gay, aged 34, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1830 [1]
  • Francis Gay, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [1]
  • A W Gay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]
  • J Gay, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Joe Gay, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gay migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Francois Gay, aged 22, who landed in Quebec in 1671
  • Mr. François Gay, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 18th May 1671 [2]
Gay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Gay, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Edward Gay U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Samuel Gay U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Westmoreland County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was Chief Justice of Court Common Pleas [3]
Gay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John H Gay, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Gay migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Gay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [4]
  • Jane Gay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [5]
  • Catherine Gay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848 [6]
  • Isaac Gay, aged 33, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [7]
  • John Gay, aged 22, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gay migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Gay, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1844 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • Major Gay, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Mr. George Gay, (b. 1841), aged 20, English wool washer, from Wiltshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Rhea Sylvia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1861 [9]
  • Miss H. Gay, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1869 [9]
  • George Gay, aged 20, a gardener, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Gay (post 1700)

  • John Gay (1924-2017), American Academy Award nominated screenwriter, known for his work on Run Silent, Run Deep and Separate Tables
  • Peter Gay (1923-2015), born Peter Joachim Fröhlich, an American educator and writer, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University
  • Tyson Gay (b. 1982), American nine-time gold medalist track and field sprinter
  • Rudy Carlton Gay Jr. (b. 1986), American NBA professional basketball player
  • Randall "Blue" Jerome Gay Jr. (b. 1982), retired American NFL football cornerback
  • Joseph Brian Gay (b. 1971), American PGA professional golfer
  • Lieutenant General Hobart Raymond Gay (1894-1983), American general awarded the Distinguished Service Cross [10]
  • Rev. Marvin Pentz Gay Sr., American fundamentalist minister
  • Archer Thomas Gay (d. 1901), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1900-01 [11]
  • Albert Gay, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904 [11]
  • ... (Another 54 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Gay family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Adeline Elizabeth  Gay (1861-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Ernest Charles Roy  Gay (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Tufts Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Navarino.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Hobart Gay. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Hobart Gay. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobart_R._Gay
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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