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Like many surnames, the name Gunther comes from a personal name, in this case, from Gunter or Gunther. Such names may be patronymic, signifying that the person's father was named Gunther, or they may simply have been chosen arbitrarily at the time when people were taking surnames. Gunther is a French and German name, coming from the Old French "gontier" or the Old German "gunter," both of which mean "battle-army." The name came to England during the Norman invasion in 1066, and it was probably around that time when people first began to use Gunther as a surname. Two men bearing the first names Gunter and Gonther were recorded in the Domesday Book at that time.

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The surname Gunther was first found in Northumberland, where the name first appeared in the late 11th century. Like many surnames, the name Gunther comes from a personal name, Gunter or Gunther. Such names may be patronymic, signifying that the person's father was named Gunther, or they may simply have been chosen arbitrarily at the time when people were taking surnames. Gunther is a French and German name, coming from the Old French "gontier" or the Old German "gunter," both of which mean "battle-army." The name came to England during the Norman invasion in 1066 and it was probably around that time when the first people took it as a surname; two men bearing the first names Gunter and Gonther were recorded in the Domesday Book at that time.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gonther, Gunter, Gunther, Guenthner, Guntard and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunther research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1100, 1205, 1221, 1581, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gunther History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Gunter (1581-1626), English mathematician and inventor, namesake of Gunter's chain, a measuring device used for land survey and Gunter's rule/scale which...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gunther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gunther or a variant listed above:

Gunther Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Gunther, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Gunther Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Gunther, who came to Philadelphia in 1738
  • Kilian Gunther, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Christian Gunther, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johan Caspar Gunther, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Heinrich Gunther, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1753
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Gunther Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henrich Gunther, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Joh Joachim Gunther, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Cath Gunther, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Juliana Hinrietta Gunther, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Barbara Gunther, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
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  • George "Doc" Gunther (b. 1919), American politician, longest-serving state legislator in Connecticut's history
  • Richard E. Gunther, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Earl O. Gunther, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 32nd District, 1920
  • Diana Gunther, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Oklahoma, 2004
  • Charles Godfrey Gunther (1822-1885), American Democrat politician, Mayor of New York City, New York, 1864-66; Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1878
  • Blair F. Gunther, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948 (alternate), 1964; Candidate for Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1960
  • August P. Gunther, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 11th District, 1926
  • Aileen M. Gunther (b. 1954), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 98th District, 2004-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Edward C. Gunther, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1924
  • Franklin Mott Gunther (1885-1941), American politician, U.S. Minister to Egypt, 1928-30; Romania, 1937-41
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Gunther Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Gunther, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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    Other References

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    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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