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Early Origins of the Gunnel family

The surname Gunnel was first found in Normandy where "Gunwell, Gonville or Conteville, descended from Herluin, Lord of Conteville by his first marriage, the issue of which, Ralph de Conteville is stated by Orderic Vitalis to have had grants from the Conqueror in England. Accordingly in 1083 he appears holding lands in Somerset, his barony being held in Gloucester, and being held 1086 by his son Fitz-Ralph." 1 2

Edmund Gonvile (d. 1351), founder of Gonville Hall, Cambridge, and of Rushworth College, Norfolk, is described in the commemoration service of Gonville and Caius College as a son of Sir Nicholas Gonvile. 3

Early History of the Gunnel family

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Gunnel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunnels, Gunnells, Gunnild, Gunild, Gunilt, Gunnild, Gunnilt, Gunnett, Gunnet, Gonnel and many more.

Early Notables of the Gunnel family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Gunnel of Sussex

Canada Gunnel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunnel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Gunnel, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Gunnel (post 1700) +

  • Gunnel Märtha Ingegärd Lindblom (1931-2021), Swedish film actress and director
  • Gunnel Vallquist (1918-2016), Swedish writer and translator

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook