Origins Available: Dutch
The Gonter surname is derived from the Norman personal name
Gunter, which came in turn from the Old French Gontier.
Early Origins of the Gonter family
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
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
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.
Early History of the Gonter family
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.
Gonter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gunter, Gunther, Gonton, Guynton, Goynton, Guynter, Gounter, Gaunter, Gawnter, Guntier, Guntar, Gonton, Gunbert and many more.
Early Notables of the Gonter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gonter family to the New World and Oceana
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