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The Anglo-Saxon name Gander comes from when its first bearer worked as a choirmaster. Checking further we found the name was derived from the word cantor, the Latin word for precentor. The name could have also come from the Old English word gaunter which was the trade name of a glover, or one who makes gloves.


The surname Gander was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, 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 Gander include Caunter, Canter, Ganter, Gaunter, Cantor, Cantour, Cauntor and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gander research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1273, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Gander History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gander Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Gander or a variant listed above:

Gander Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Gander, who landed in New York in 1715
  • Hans Jacob Gander, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Gottlieb Gander, who landed in America in 1753
  • Jacob Gander, who arrived in America in 1754
  • Augustinus Gander, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755

Gander Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gander, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Jakob Gander, who arrived in Kentucky in 1881
  • Friedrich Gander, who arrived in Kentucky in 1890

Gander Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louise Gander, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Marie Gander, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Anne Michelle Gander, who arrived in Montreal in 1659

Gander Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Gander, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Christopher Gander arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quam non terret hyems
Motto Translation: Which winger does not nip with cold.


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The Gander Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gander 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.

This page was last modified on 8 January 2015 at 12:49.

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