Early Origins of the Gainsbay family
The surname Gainsbay was first found in Lincolnshire
at Gainsborough, town in the West Lindsey district that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Gainesburg and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Gegn" having derived from the Old English personal name
+ "burh." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Conjecturally, the family is descended from Rainald, tenant
of the lordship of Gainsborough listed in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Gainsborough was one of the capital cities of Mercia during the Anglo-Saxon
period, and another reference claims the town's origin is from Gaini (Ganni) an ancient Anglo-Saxon
Early History of the Gainsbay family
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Gainsbay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gainsbay were recorded, including Gainsborough, Gainsborrow, Gainsbrow, Gainsbro, Gainsbrough, Gaynsborough, Gaynsbro, Gainsbrow, Gainsboro, Gaynsborrow, Gainsbury, Gainsbry, Gainsberry, Gainsbrook and many more.
Early Notables of the Gainsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gainsbay family to Ireland
Some of the Gainsbay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gainsbay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gainsbay arrived in North America very early: James Gainsbrooke settled in Virginia in 1658.