The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Groundey 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 Groundey family
The surname Groundey 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 Groundey family
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Groundey Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Groundey family name include Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.
Early Notables of the Groundey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Groundey family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Groundey surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.