Geye is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Geye family lived in Oxfordshire
. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Gaye le Manche, France.
Early Origins of the Geye family
The surname Geye was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Geye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geye research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1176, 1191, 1191, 1203, 1420, 1452, 1685, 1732, 1685, 1732 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Geye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Geye Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Gay, Gaye and others.
Early Notables of the Geye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Geye family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Geye or a variant listed above: James Gay who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by William in 1630; William Gay settled in Barbados in 1670; John and Abell Gay settled in Barbados in 1685.