The name Gey arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gey family lived in Oxfordshire
. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Gaye le Manche, France.
Early Origins of the Gey family
The surname Gey was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Gey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gey research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1176, 1191, 1191, 1203, 1420, 1452, 1685, 1732, 1685, 1732 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Gey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gey Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gay, Gaye and others.
Early Notables of the Gey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gey or a variant listed above: James Gay who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by William in 1630; William Gay settled in Barbados in 1670; John and Abell Gay settled in Barbados in 1685.