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The origins of the Gayfard name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Gayfard was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Gaye which was located in France. The surname Gayfard was also a nickname which described someone with a happy or light spirited character.

Early Origins of the Gayfard family


The surname Gayfard was first found in Durham at Gainford, a parish, in the unions of Teesdale, Darlington, and Auckland. "This place was anciently a seigniory detached from the palatinate jurisdiction of the county, and invested with several valuable privileges and immunities. It appears to have been indebted for its origin to Egfrid, Bishop of Lindisfarne, who founded a church, which in 830 he gave to the see, together with the lands annexed to it, and which continued to form part of the episcopal possessions till the commencement of the 11th century." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Early History of the Gayfard family

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Early History of the Gayfard family


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Gayfard Spelling Variations

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Gayfard Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gayfard include Gainsford, Gaynesford, Gainford, Gaynsford, Ganesford and many more.

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Early Notables of the Gayfard family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Gayfard family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gayfard family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Gayfard family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Mathias Gainsford who settled in Maryland in 1774 and Arthur Gainsford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1876.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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