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Gadbury is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gadbury family lived at Cadbury in the county of Devon.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gadbury family name include Cadbury, Cabbury, Cadbery, Cadberry, Cadburie, Cadebury and many more.
First found in Cadbury where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, the family surname, is conjecturally descended William de Poilley, who would have adopted the name de Cadbury or Cadbury.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gadbury research. Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1319, 1500, 1524, 1642, 1808, 1627 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Gadbury History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gadbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gadbury family to immigrate North America: Joel Cadbury who arrived in New York State in 1853.
The Gadbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gadbury Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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