Gundry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Gundry begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived 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.

Early Origins of the Gundry family

The surname Gundry was first found in Yorkshire where Aicusa filia Grundi, who was recorded in 1204. [1]

However, we did find and older listing of the name, but in its Latin form: Gundrea, mater Rogeri de Moubraie, 1138, called by Young the historian of Whitby, 'Gundrey Moiwbray.' [2]

In Scotland, Robert Grundy de Neuton, Roxburghshire, rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296, and Adam Grondy was juror on inquisition made at Roxburgh, 1303. [3]

Early History of the Gundry family

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Gundry Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gundry has been recorded under many different variations, including Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.

Early Notables of the Gundry family (pre 1700)

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United States Gundry migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gundry or a variant listed above:

Gundry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gundry, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [4]
  • Eliza Gundry, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • John Gundry Jr., who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • Tho Gundry, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]
Gundry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lancelot Gundry, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
Gundry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Gundry, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish miner departing from Bristol aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 1 May 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Catherine Gundry, (b. 1854), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Bristol aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 1 May 1874 [5]

Australia Gundry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gundry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Sampson Gundry, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 13th August 1827, sentenced for life for stealing a horse from John Ponsford of Mortonhampstead, transported aboard the ship "Vittoria" on 26th August 1828 to New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Walter Gundry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847 [7]
  • Elizabeth Gundry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847 [7]
  • Richard Gundry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1847 [7]
  • Miss Elizabeth Gundry, (b. 1807), aged 42, Cornish governess from Falmouth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Kate" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 23rd September 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Gundry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gundry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Gundry, (b. 1831), aged 32, Cornish farm labourer departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mr. Edward W. Gundry, (b. 1856), aged 7, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Gundry, (b. 1829), aged 34, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Miss Elizabeth Jane Gundry, (b. 1859), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mr. Gideon Gundry, (b. 1863), aged Infant, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gundry (post 1700) +

  • George T. Gundry (1907-1974), American Democratic Party politician, Genesee County Clerk, 1933-36; Michigan State Auditor General, 1937-38; Defeated, 1938; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940 [10]
  • Sir Nathaniel Gundry (1701-1754), English lawyer and politician
  • Robert Horton Gundry, English Biblical scholar


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Competitor.gif
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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