The generations and branches of the Goundrey family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Goundrey comes 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 Goundrey family
The surname Goundrey 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 Goundrey family
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Goundrey Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Goundrey include Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.
Early Notables of the Goundrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goundrey family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goundrey or a variant listed above: 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.