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Gunnine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The rich and ancient history of the Gunnine family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from Gunwyn deriving its origin from the Old English gundwein, which meant "battle friend."

Early Origins of the Gunnine family


The surname Gunnine was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gunnine family


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Gunnine Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gunnine have been found, including Gunning, Guning and others.

Early Notables of the Gunnine family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gunnine family to Ireland


Some of the Gunnine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gunnine family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gunnine, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Gunning, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; John Gunning settled in Philadelphia in 1836; and another John Gunning settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1799.

The Gunnine Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Imperio regit unus aequo
Motto Translation: One governs with just sway.


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