Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Cantley in either the counties of Norfolk or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Gantlay family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Gantlay family
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Gantlay Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gantlay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Gantlay include: Cantlay, Cantley, Cantele, Cantelay, Cantuli, Cantlie, Gantlet, Gantley and many more.
Early Notables of the Gantlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gantlay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gantlay or a variant listed above: Alexander Cantley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852.
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