Goundray is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from Gundred and variants such as Grundy and Gundreda. The personal name Gundred
is an old Germanic name which meant "battle ruler," and became common in England
in the centuries following the Norman Conquest
as a new wave of immigration from continental Europe swept England
. Over time it has dwindled in popularity and today it is almost unheard of.
Early Origins of the Goundray family
The surname Goundray was first found in North England
, where the family held a family seat
from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Aicusa filia Grundi, who was recorded in Yorkshire
Early History of the Goundray family
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Goundray Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Goundray have been found, including Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.
Early Notables of the Goundray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goundray family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Goundray, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Grundy, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Grundy, who came to Barbados in 1681; George Grundy, who was naturalized in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1793.