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Guidry Coat of Arms / Guidry Family Crest

Guidry Coat of Arms / Guidry Family Crest

This surname of GUIDRY was an English, French, and Italian surname, originally derived from the Germanic personal name WIDO, which is of uncertain origin. The name appears to have prevailed in France, very early as GUY, GUIES, GYON and the feminine GUIETTE. In the days of gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes the name lost caste, and as a fontal title has only recently recovered itself. The name was originally brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and whatever its origins this name was popular among the Normans in the forms WI and WHY, as well as in the rest of France in the form GUY and GUITTE. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Willelmus filius Guidonis who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Turstanus filius Guye, ibid. John filius Gwydonis, was documented in the year 1273, in the County of Oxford. William Wy, was recorded in 1297, County Cornwall. Jane Gwye was baptised at St. James' Clerkenwell, London in the year 1573. Nathaniel Ponder and Mary Guy were married at Canturbury, Kent in 1666. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Guy's Hospital in London, was founded by Thomas Guy (1645-1724). He was a London bookseller and one of the Oxford University Printers. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his head, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.

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