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Like many surnames, the name Guenthner comes from a personal name, in this case, from Gunter or Gunther. Such names may be patronymic, signifying that the person's father was named Gunther, or they may simply have been chosen arbitrarily at the time when people were taking surnames. Gunther is a French and German name, coming from the Old French "gontier" or the Old German "gunter," both of which mean "battle-army." The name came to England during the Norman invasion in 1066, and it was probably around that time when people first began to use Guenthner as a surname. Two men bearing the first names Gunter and Gonther were recorded in the Domesday Book at that time.

Guenthner Early Origins



The surname Guenthner was first found in Northumberland, where the name first appeared in the late 11th century. Like many surnames, the name Guenthner comes from a personal name, Gunter or Gunther. Such names may be patronymic, signifying that the person's father was named Gunther, or they may simply have been chosen arbitrarily at the time when people were taking surnames. Gunther is a French and German name, coming from the Old French "gontier" or the Old German "gunter," both of which mean "battle-army." The name came to England during the Norman invasion in 1066 and it was probably around that time when the first people took it as a surname; two men bearing the first names Gunter and Gonther were recorded in the Domesday Book at that time.

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Guenthner Spelling Variations


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Guenthner Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gonther, Gunter, Gunther, Guenthner, Guntard and others.

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Guenthner Early History


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Guenthner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guenthner research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1100, 1205, 1221, 1581, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Guenthner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guenthner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guenthner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Gunter (1581-1626), English mathematician and inventor, namesake of Gunter's chain, a measuring device used for land survey and Gunter's rule/scale which...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guenthner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Guenthner or a variant listed above:

Guenthner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorenz Guenthner, who landed in St Clair County, Ili in 1860
  • Catherina Maier Guenthner, aged 61, landed in New York, NY in 1875
  • George Guenthner, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guenthner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guenthner (post 1700)



  • Louie R. Guenthner Jr., (1944-2012), American attorney, Kentucky State Representative from District 48 (Jefferson County) (1973-1988)
  • Franz Guenthner, German professor of Computational Linguistics at the Center for Information and Language Processing

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

    The Guenthner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guenthner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 February 2014 at 08:02.

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