The origins of the Goventrey name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Coventry in the county of Warwick.
Early Origins of the Goventrey family
The surname Goventrey 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 Goventrey family
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Goventrey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Goventrey were recorded, including Coventry, Coventrie, Coventre, Coventreye and many more.
Early Notables of the Goventrey 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 Goventrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Goventrey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Goventrey family emigrate to North America: 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 Goventrey 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.