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The Gonter surname is derived from the Norman personal name Gunter, which came in turn from the Old French Gontier.

Gonter Early Origins



The surname Gonter was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat on the Welsh border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England. The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

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Gonter Early History


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Gonter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonter research. Another 306 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1214, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1581, 1600, 1603, 1604, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gonter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gonter Spelling Variations


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Gonter Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunter, Gunther, Gonton, Guynton, Goynton, Guynter, Gounter, Gaunter, Gawnter, Guntier, Guntar, Gonton, Gunbert and many more.

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Gonter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gonter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lester Gunter, age 13, who arrived in Boston in 1635; Edward Gunter, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; James Gunter, who arrived in Virginia in 1666; Edward Gunter, who came to America from West Sussex in 1792.

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