Anglo-Saxon name Gundray comes 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 Gundray family
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 in 1204.
Early History of the Gundray family
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Gundray Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gundray were recorded, including Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.
Early Notables of the Gundray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gundray family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gundray family emigrate to North America: 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.
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