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Early Origins of the Gunton family

The surname Gunton was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk where Bartholomew de Guneton was the first record of the family in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. Later, Matthew de Gunetun was found in Norfolk according to the Curria Regis Rolls of 1226. [1]

Gunton is a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of North Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk. "Gunton House, the seat of Lord Suffield, is a noble mansion of white brick, standing on an eminence commanding a beautiful view of the undulated grounds and varied scenery of the park, which is of vast extent, and planted with fine trees. " [2]

And Gunton is a parish, in the hundred of Mutford and Lothingland, E. division of Suffolk. [2]

"This surname is still a representative name in Norfolk. The meaning is "the town" or "enclosure of Gunn." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Geoffrey de Gunneton in Suffolk; and Adam de Guntone in Norfolk. John de Guntion was vicar of Tunstal, Norfolk in 1361. [3]

Early History of the Gunton family

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Gunton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunton, Guntin, Gunten, Guntan and others.

Early Notables of the Gunton family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Simon Gunton (1609-1676), an English clergyman and antiquary...
  • He was the "son of William Gunton of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, by Ellen his wife, was baptised in St...

United States Gunton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Timothy Gunton, who landed in Maryland in 1656 [4]
  • Richard Gunton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
Gunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Gunton, who arrived in Maryland in 1815 [4]
  • Thomas, Gunton Jr., who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1816 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gunton (post 1700) +

  • Bob Gunton (b. 1945), American actor
  • Samuel Arthur Gunton, English professional association football player
  • Frederick Gunton (1813-1888), English organist of Chester Cathedral in 1841
  • Colin Ewart Gunton (1941-2003), English theologian
  • Michael Gunton, British television producer and a senior executive at the BBC Natural History Unit
  • Mike Gunton, Hollywood executive producer

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. 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) on Facebook