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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, German


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gonson, Gunson, Gunston, Gonston and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1184 when Bigod de Goneston held estates in that shire. Eustace Gunson later held in Cambridgeshire in 1279. Gunstone is a hamlet in Staffordshire and dates back to at least 1186 when it was listed as Gonestona.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunston research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1455, 1487, 1762 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Gunston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Chad Gunston, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Antho Gunston, who arrived in Virginia in 1641
  • Ann Gunston, who landed in Maryland in 1677

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  • Derrick Wellesley Gunston (1891-1985), 1st Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, Member of Parliament for Thornbury (1924-1945)
  • Richard Wellesley Gunston (1924-1991), 2nd Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire
  • John Wellesley Gunston (b. 1962), 3rd Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, British photographer
  • Jack Gunston (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer
  • Bill Gunston OBE FRAeS (1927-2013), British aviation and military author


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  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Gunston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gunston 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.

This page was last modified on 8 July 2013 at 12:05.

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