The distinguished Old English surname Gubay means "of Gopheye," and indicates someone who hails from the town of Gopheye in Dorset.
Early Origins of the Gubay family
The surname Gubay was first found in Dorset
, where thee family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, many Saxon surnames survived and the family name Gubay was first referenced in the year 1327, when Nicholas Gopheye held estates in Somerset
whence they had moved from Dorset.
Early History of the Gubay family
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Gubay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Guppy, Goobie, Gophy, Gophie, Guppey, Gooby, Goby, Gobey, Guby, Gube and many more.
Early Notables of the Gubay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gubay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Guppie, who came to Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1653; Wm Guppy, who settled in Barbados in 1685; John Guppy, who immigrated to Maryland in 1771; Samuel Guppy, who was living in New York in 1834.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gubay (post 1700)
- Albert Gubay (1928-2016), Welsh businessman and philanthropist, founder and owner of Kwik Save (1959-1973), founder and owner of Total Fitness (1993-2004), the 698th richest person in the world