Gyss is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gyss family 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 Gyss family
The surname Gyss 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 Gyss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gyss 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 Gyss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gyss 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 Gyse, Guise, Guys, Guy, Gysse, Gyss, Gise, Gwyse and many more.
Early Notables of the Gyss 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 Gyss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gyss family to Ireland
Some of the Gyss 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 Gyss family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gyss or a variant listed above were: 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".