The name Gullever has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for a greedy person.
It derives from the Old French word goulafre,
which means glutton.
Early Origins of the Gullever family
The surname Gullever was first found in Suffolk
, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest
. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy
Early History of the Gullever family
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Gullever Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gullever were recorded, including Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.
Early Notables of the Gullever family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gullever family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gullever arrived in North America very early:
Gullever Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Gullever, who arrived in Virginia in 1620-1621 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Robert and Joan Gullever, who sailed to Virginia in 1620 or 1621