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The Gaynsfithay name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Gaye which was located in France. The surname Gaynsfithay was also a nickname which described someone with a happy or light spirited character.

Gaynsfithay Early Origins



The surname Gaynsfithay 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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Gaynsfithay Spelling Variations


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Gaynsfithay Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gaynsfithay has undergone many spelling variations, including Gainsford, Gaynesford, Gainford, Gaynsford, Ganesford and many more.

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Gaynsfithay Early History


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Gaynsfithay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaynsfithay research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaynsfithay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaynsfithay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaynsfithay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gaynsfithay were among those contributors: Mathias Gainsford who settled in Maryland in 1774 and Arthur Gainsford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1876.

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

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  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Gaynsfithay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaynsfithay 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 12 May 2016 at 09:06.

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