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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gornay, Gornaye, Gurnay, Gurnard, Gorney, Gornal, Gornall, Gurnell, Garney, Garny, Garnie and many more.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the thirteenth century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gornaye research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1541, 147., 1455, 1487, 1617 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Gornaye History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gornaye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Gornaye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gornaye Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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