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

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The surname Gunther 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunther research. Another 306 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1214, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1581, 1600, 1603, 1604, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gunther History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gunther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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


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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  2. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
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The Gunther Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gunther 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.

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