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Gunthorpe Coat of Arms / Gunthorpe Family Crest

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This ancient English surname of GUNTHORPE was a locational name meaning 'one who came from GUNTHORPE' places in Lincoln, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottingham and Rutland. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form GUNESTORP, literally meaning 'the dweller at the settlement of THORPE'. The earliest of the name on record appears to be GUNATORP (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is also spelt GUNTHROP, GUNTHROPPE, GUNTHORP and GUNTRIP. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. Later records of the name include Yvo de GUNETHORP, who was recorded in the year 1207 in County Nottingham, and William GUNTHROPP and Katherine Gibbons were married in London in the year 1623. George Houlroyd and Martha GUNTHRUPP, were wed at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1698, and Peter Truck married Eleanor GUNTHORPE at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1780.

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