Origins Available: French
The prominent surname Guinnay originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The name Guinnay emerged in the French province of Bourbonnais, which was occupied by the Romans
until the Germanic Frankish tribes overran the region in about the 5th century. In the 9th century, Bourbonnais emerged as a duchy and it was ruled by the powerful Lords of Bourbon, who also reigned over Navarre, and Spain
, Naples, and became the royal house of France. In the 12th century, the House of Bourbon became even more powerful when, by marrying with the Bourgoignes, it formed the first Capetian House of the Kings of France. In 1272, Robert de France, who was the Count of Clermont and son of Louis IX, acquired the territory of Bourbonnais through his marriage to Béatrice de Bourgoigne-Bourbon. Their son, Louis I, who was named the Great and was Count of Clermont, was the first Duke of Bourbon. In the early 14th century, Bourbonnais came under the control of Charles IV le Bel. After the Hundred
Years' War, the region became a vast princely state which grew to include the county of Forez
, Beaujolais and the duchy of Auvergne. In 1531, the duchy fell under Crown rule and in 1532, after the loss of all feudal
institutions, Bourbonnais received its first governor.
Early Origins of the Guinnay family
The surname Guinnay was first found in Bourbonnais, a historic province in the centre of France, now part of the modern département of Allier and Cher where this eminent family held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Guinnay family
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Guinnay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Guynet, Guynait, Guynez, Guynais, Guynest, Guynay, Guynaies, Guyné, Guynée, Guinet, Guinait, Guinez, Guinais, Guinest, Guinay, Guinaies, Guiné, Guynnet, Guynnait, Guynnez, Guynnais, Guynnest, Guynnay, Guynnaies, Guynné, Guynnée, Guinnet, Guinnait, Guinnez, Guinnais, Guinnest, Guinnay, Guinnaies, Guinné, Guinnés and many more.
Early Notables of the Guinnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guinnay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Griffine Guiné who settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Guiné settled in Virginia in 1623; and William Guinnés settled in Barbados in 1663..