Gynnay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Gynnay comes from the personal name John.
The feminine name Jenny was initially a masculine form and modification of the personal name Jenin.
The Norman name Gynnay descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy
. The family name Gynnay was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Gynnay family
The surname Gynnay was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Bredfield in that shire where they were granted land by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Peter who held his lands from Hervey de Bourges, tenant
in chief. The village was rated in the Domesday Book
Survey as a village, a Church and 3 oxen or teamlands. There is also a moated site which was known as Bradfield Castle, although the village is Bredfield. The name Jenney was descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Gynnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gynnay research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1330, 1460, 1477, 1623, 1636 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Gynnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gynnay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Jenney, Jennie, Jenny, Genny, Gennie, Gynney and others.
Early Notables of the Gynnay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Jenney of Bredfield House; Sir William Jenny, one of the Judges of the King's Bench in 1477 and John Jenney, early American settler... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gynnay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gynnay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gynnay or a variant listed above: John Jenney, his wife Sarah, their daughter Abigail, and son Samuel Jenney, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623, aboard the "Little James".
The Gynnay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Deus Mihi Providebit
Motto Translation: God will provide for me.