Early Origins of the Gwinnell family
The surname Gwinnell was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this distinguished family held a family seat
, and were members of the aristocratic families of that region.
Early History of the Gwinnell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwinnell research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1619, 1634, 1668, 1694, 1719, 1749, 1774, 1809, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Gwinnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gwinnell Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Gwinnell, some of which include Quesnel, Quesnell, Quesnelle, Quesnoy, Quesnay, Quesne, Quesneau, du Quesnel, du Quesnell, Quennell, Quennel, Du Quesnoy, du Quesnay, du Quesne and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwinnell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gwinnell family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Gwinnell has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gwinnell were Olivier Quesnel who settled at Duquesnel, Quebec, in 1676 from Normandy
, and was later followed by Jacques Quesnel in 1676, also from Normandy; Magdalen Quesnell settled in Virginia in 1726..