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The history of the Gurnett family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gournay-en-Brai in the Siene-Maritime region of France.

Gurnett Early Origins



The surname Gurnett was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Bray, and were granted the lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It is claimed that this ancient race was one of the first Vikings to settle in Normandy, and became Lords of Gournay, which became a town, Gournai-n-Brai, in the arrondisement of Newfchatel. There were two Hughs of Gournays at the Battle of Hastings, father and son, and their son Gerard de Gournay married Edith the daughter of Gundrada, the daughter of William the Conqueror. Farrington-Gurney in Somerset was the site of an ancient family seat. "This place takes the adjunct to its name from the Gournays, its ancient possessors, of whom Sir Thomas de Gournay was concerned in the murder of Edward II. at Berkeley Castle, for which his estates were confiscated." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gurnett Spelling Variations


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Gurnett Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gourney, Gurney, Gurnie, Gurnee, Gournie, Gournee, Gurnay, Gournay, Gurnard and many more.

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Gurnett Early History


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Gurnett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gurnett research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1655, 1721, 1719, 1779, 1721, 1777, 1770, 1896, 1641, 1565, 1645, 1622, 1626 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Gurnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gurnett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gurnett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Marie de Gournay (1565-1645), a French writer, who wrote a novel and a number of other literary compositions, including two protofeminist works, The...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gurnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gurnett or a variant listed above were:

Gurnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gurnett, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Gurnett, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Gurnett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • M. T. Gurnett, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Michael T. Gurnett, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Mrs. M. T. Gurnett, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Thomas E. Gurnett, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Ellen M. Gurnett, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gurnett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gurnett (post 1700)



  • Terry Gurnett (b. 1955), American Head coach of women's soccer at the University of Rochester
  • William James Gurnett (d. 1911), American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1873-75
  • John W. Gurnett Jr. (d. 1971), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schuyler County, 1923; Defeated, 1923; Chair of Schuyler County Democratic Party, 1927, 1955
  • John W. Gurnett Sr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schuyler County, 1905-06, 1911-13
  • Jim Gurnett, Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (1985 to 1986)
  • George Gurnett (1792-1861), English-born, Canadian journalist and politician
  • Jane Gurnett (b. 1956), British actress

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Gurnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gurnett 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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