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Early Origins of the Gayor family

The surname Gayor was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gayor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayor research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1538, 1455, 1487, 1649, 1646, 1593, 1711, 1694 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Gayor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gayor Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gayor has been spelled many different ways, including Gayre, Gair, Gayer, Gayar, Geyre, Geyer, Gere, Gear and many more.

Early Notables of the Gayor family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Gayer or Gayre (died 1649), English merchant and Lord Mayor of London in 1646. "He belonged to a family originally seated at Liskeard, but afterwards at Trenbrace, in the parish of St. Keverne, Cornwall, was the...
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Migration of the Gayor family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gayors to arrive in North America: Francis Gayer, who came to Virginia in 1635; Sampson Gayer, who arrived in Virginia in 1706; as well as Andrew Gayer, a bonded passenger who arrived in Virginia in 1718.. on Facebook