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Gunnink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gunnink name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Gunnink is derived from Gunwyn deriving its origin from the Old English gundwein, which meant "battle friend."

Early Origins of the Gunnink family

The surname Gunnink 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 Gunnink family

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Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1684, 1670, 1675, 1675, 1684 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Gunnink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gunnink Spelling Variations

Before the last few 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 Gunnink were recorded, including Gunning, Guning and others.

Early Notables of the Gunnink family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gunnink family to Ireland

Some of the Gunnink family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gunnink 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 Gunnink family emigrate to North America: 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 Gunnink 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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