The ancestors of the Guyson family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire
. The name, however, refers to the district of Guise
in France, where the family was resident prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Aspley Guise is a village and civil parish located in central Bedfordshire.
Early Origins of the Guyson family
The surname Guyson was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Elmore in that shire, and were descended from Sir William Gyse who attended Duke William in his Conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It is believed that Sir William first held the manor of Highnam from Gloucester Abbey but by the later marriage of Anselm Gyse to Magotta de Burgh (Burke,) daughter of the Earl of Kent
, he acquired the Lordship of both Highnam and Elmore in Gloucestershire.
Early History of the Guyson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guyson research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1632, 1705, 1731, 1629, 1621, 1624, 1644, 1724, 1653, 1683, 1617, 1670, 1654, 1695, 1678, 1732, 1701, 1769 and are included under the topic Early Guyson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Guyson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Guyson were recorded, including Gyse, Guise, Guys, Guy, Gysse, Gyss, Gise, Gwyse and many more.
Early Notables of the Guyson family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Guy (died 1629), an English merchant adventurer from Bristol, colonist and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1624, the first Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland who led the first attempt to establish a colony... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guyson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guyson family to Ireland
Some of the Guyson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guyson family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Guyson arrived in North America very early: Nicholas, Jane and daughter Mary Guy who settled in New England
in 1638; Robert Guy settled in Virginia in 1619; a year before the "Mayflower".