The ancestors of the bearers of the Goventray family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Coventry in the county of Warwick.
Early Origins of the Goventray family
The surname Goventray was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Goventray family
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Goventray 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 Goventray include Coventry, Coventrie, Coventre, Coventreye and many more.
Early Notables of the Goventray family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron
Coventry (1578-1640), English lawyer, politician and judge, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal (1625); Thomas Coventry, 2nd Baron
Coventry (1606-1661), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1629, member of the House of... Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goventray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Goventray 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 Goventray or a variant listed above: Miles Coventrie who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Joseph Coventry settled in Barbados in 1654; Charles settled in New England
in 1769; Thomas settled in New England
The Goventray 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: Candide et constanter
Motto Translation: Fairly and firmly.