Origins Available: French-Alt
The Gonyea surname is thought to come from the Old French word "gagner," which meant "to till" or "cultivate" the land. A such, the name Gonyea was likely originally an occupational
name for a farmer or cultivator.
Early Origins of the Gonyea family
The surname Gonyea was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Gonyea family
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Gonyea Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gagne, Gagnes, Gane, Gaine, Gaigne, Geigne, Geygne, Gaygne, De Gagne, De Gagnes, DesGagne, Des Gagne, Desgagne, desGagne, Gagny, Gagnay, Gagnais, Gagney, Gagneais, Gagnet, Gagnau, Gaigne, Gaignet, Gaigney, Gaigny and many more.
Early Notables of the Gonyea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gonyea family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gonyea Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lena Gonyea, aged 26, who settled in New York City, in 1910
- George B. Gonyea, aged 22, who settled in America from Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1923
The Gonyea Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Recalcitrantem Cogo
Motto Translation: Stron force