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The surname Gunne was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Gunner or Gonnor was a common Norman Christian name. However, it is a female name. Gonnor, wife of Gilbert Crispin, Gonnor wife of Richard 1st of Normandy, Gunnora mother of William de Briouse. The many references in the Domesday Book to a variation in spelling of the Norman Gunner include Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Somerset, Suffolk and Berkshire. Most of them likely refer to the wife of a Norman noble who held as an under-tenant pending the arrival of a male heir. The name has no relationship to a person who handled guns.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunner, Gunnor, Gunnar, Gonner, Gunne, Gunnora and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunne research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 128 and 1285 are included under the topic Early Gunne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Gunne, who landed in Virginia in 1662

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Gunne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gunne 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.

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