Gunter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gunter surname is derived from the Norman personal name Gunter, which came in turn from the Old French Gontier.

Early Origins of the Gunter family

The surname Gunter was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat on the Welsh border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England. The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gunter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunter research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1214, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1581, 1600, 1603, 1604, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gunter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gunter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunter, Gunther, Gonton, Guynton, Goynton, Guynter, Gounter, Gaunter, Gawnter, Guntier, Guntar, Gonton, Gunbert and many more.

Early Notables of the Gunter family (pre 1700)

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United States Gunter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lester Gunter, age 13, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Lester Gunter, aged 13, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • John Gunter, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 [1]
  • Jacob Gunter, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Edward Gunter, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gunter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrich Gunter, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Anton Gunter, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Ewald Gunter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Conrad Gunter arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1748
  • Michael Gunter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gunter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leont Gunter, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Adam Gunter, who settled in Baltimore in 1834
  • Conrad Gunter, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • Frank Gunter, aged 21, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Christian Frederick Gunter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gunter migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Gunter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Conrad Gunter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Gunter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Gunter, aged 7, who arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • Martha Gunter, aged 5, who arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • Mary Gunter, aged 10, who landed in Montreal in 1841
  • Eliza Gunter, aged 2, who arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • Eliza Gunter, aged 28, who landed in Montreal in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Gunter migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gunter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Gunter, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1850 [3]

New Zealand Gunter migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gunter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Gunter, aged 22, a nurse, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Charlotte Gunter, aged 26, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • Thomas E. Gunter, aged 16, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Gunter (post 1700) +

  • Archibald Clavering Gunter (1847-1907), American author, best known for authoring the novel that the film A Florida Enchantment was based upon, and for his hand in popularizing "Casey at the Bat"
  • William Dawson "Bill" Gunter Jr. (b. 1934), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 5th district (1973-1975)
  • Thomas Montague Gunter (1826-1904), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1874-83 [4]
  • Roscoe Gunter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984 [4]
  • R. C. Gunter, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Alabama, 1896 [4]
  • Linda Gunter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004, 2008 [4]
  • Julius Caldeen Gunter (1858-1940), American Democrat politician, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals, 1901-05; Justice of Colorado State Supreme Court, 1905-07; Governor of Colorado, 1917-19 [4]
  • Clarence Gunter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1924; Member of Democratic National Committee from Arizona, 1929 [4]
  • Carolyn Gunter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1972 [4]
  • Benjamin T. Gunter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1876; Member of Virginia State Senate 37th District, 1904-11 [4]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Gunter +

  • 1324 "Gunter" by Edwin D. Gunter.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE TORY 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Tory.gif
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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