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
name for a farmer or cultivator.
The surname Gonyea was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonyea research.Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1576, 1579, 1611, 1645, 1674, 1675, 1685, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gonyea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
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