Early Origins of the Candea family
Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when John Gameday held estates in the county. The name was originally Gandow.
Early History of the Candea family
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Candea Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Candea include Gandy, Gandey, Gameday, Candy, Candey, Ganty, Canty and many more.
Early Notables of the Candea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Candea family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Candea or a variant listed above: Absolon Gandy, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; William Cantey, who settled in South Carolina in 1670-1672; George Gandy, who settled in Maryland in 1676.
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