Last name: Gandy

Recorded as Gandy, Gandey, and the very rare Gandee and Gandie, which are probably extinct, this is an English surname. Like the surnames Game, Games and Gammons, the origination is from the pre 7th century word 'gamen', meaning game, and hence was a nickname for a person (-day) who was good at games (gamen). It is not easy to explain how over a period of some fifteen hundred year 'gamen' should become (for instance) Gandy, but during that period the language passed through at least three distinct and complete changes, which effected both spelling and dialect. This is in addition to the French influence following the Norman Conquest of 1066, when for three centuries thereafter, French was the official language of England and most of Scotland. Briefly it may be summarised that the changes were from Gamen which may well have been used as a personal name as well as a nickname, to Gameday, with John Gameday being recorded in Suffolk, apparently the centre of the surname, in the tax rolls of the year 1327. Thereafter it changed again to Gandy or Gandey, with as an example, Katherine Gandy marrying Thomas Munnes at the church of St Nicholas Acons, in the city of London, on May 20th 1562.

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Paul Gandy Lankford
I am the son of the late James Paul Lankford, Jr., of Isle of Wight County, VA, and the late ThomasEna Gandy Lankford of Wadesboro, NC. My mother's parents were Thomas Abel Gandy of Dovesville, SC, and Irene (Ena) Hendley Gandy of Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC. In the 1960's while I was a student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, one of my classmates who was a sociology major told me one of his professors had talked about the Gandy family plantations in Mississippi and Alabama. Does anyone know anything about this topic? My grandfather was the son of James LaFayette Gandy and Elizabeth (Bettie) Lavinia Smoot Gandy, both of Darlington County, SC. I remember as a young child visiting the Gandy family plantation in Dovesville where my mother's uncle was still living, but the house was gone when I took my mother back there in the 1990's to see the homeplace. I do have one of the earliest sewing machines which came from the attic of this home.

My mother's maiden name was GANDY from NE Pennsylvania. She was born in 1943. I am not 100% sure of spelling, however, I believe her parents were Zebulum and Marguerite Gandy. At least one set of mother's grandparents resided in Philadelphia. There is a possibility of NJ and/or NY family too. I believe we are of Polish & Jewish blood. Kindly email me if you know anything: karenpompom @


I have Gandy ancestors my self and they are from New Jersey. One of whom was named David Gandy(1758-1820) I haven't yet added him as a secondary Patriot for the Sons of the American Revolution(SAR) but he is a Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR) approved Patriot. What that means is anyone who can prove a direct line back to him could depending on their gender join either the DAR or the SAR. I haven't been there myself but their is a Gandy family home in Cape May County, New Jersey. They have a fair amount of information about the Gandy family that may be of interest to you.

Arthur Gandy

Mr. Higbee-please contact me in ref to the Gandy family home in Cape May. I am working on my family tree which is rooted in Cumberland County. Thanks Arthur Gandy

Brad Wright
Best I can tell Edward Gandy is my 7th (I think) Great-Grandfather through his son Brittain Gandy, Sr. My maternal Grandmother was Mertice (Friday) Gilliland of Billingsley, AL. Here is's blurb about the Gandy surname. "English (of Norman origin): of uncertain origin. The most plausible suggestion is that it is a nickname for someone who was in the habit of wearing gloves, from Old French ganté, a derivative of gant ‘glove’ (see Gant) or an occupational name for a glove-maker, Old French gantier. However, a certain Hugh de Gandy was High Sheriff of Devon in 1167; it is possible that his surname is a habitational name from some unidentified place in France or even from Ghent in Flanders."

Melba Gandy
The origin of the Edward Gandy who came to Henrico County, Virginia, in 1616 under the sponsorship of Joseph Royall is Devon, England. This Edward is the progenitor of the Gandys in Nash County, NC, around the time of the Revolution, and from whom many Gandys descend that are found later in South Georgia; Darlington County, SC; and places in Texas and Alabama. Mr. Tupper, who commented above, is quite accurate. It is not clear, however, whether the emigrant Edward Gandy was a member of that family and left England to escape Cromwell's persecution or whether his family took simply took the name. I plan to go to England as soon as possible to further research this question.

Deborah Gandy
I am descended from Thomas Aaron Gandy (1640-1732) married Elizabeth Young. He was born in England, his father may be a John Gandy. I have tried to connect Edward Gandy (from the Brinkley side) with no luck. Have you run across any information that might tie these two Gandy families together.

I also believe I am a descendent of Thomas Aaron Gandy (1640-1732). He would be my great x9 grandfather. All previous were New Jersey born. It would be great to know the English background.


I also descend from Thomas Gandy Sr. I had he was born around 1665 or 1670 in Queens, New York and married Rebecca Daws. I'm just seeing that a few people have him born in England. I had the mother of this Thomas being Elizabeth Young, so I guess his father was also named Thomas?


Thomas Aaron Gandy's (1640-1732) son was Thomas Gandy Sr and grandson was Thomas Gandy Jr. I can't track Thomas Aaron's father.

Tim Gandy
J., If he was from the Waynesboro area, he more than likely was a clan member of Gandy Town at some point, which was located somewhere around the Moselle area. There is actually a Gandy cemetary in the same area.

Alan McLoughlin
Hi. Just discovered this sight. My name is Alan McLoughlin. My Mother's maiden surname was Gandy and she was the daughter of Cyril George Gandy born in1892 in Cape Town, South Africa. I am trying to follow the line back from there but have no info to go on. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. My Mother had two siblings, Sylvia Gandy who died childless in the '70s and Cyril who had three sons, Robert, Trevor and Peter, all resident in South Africa.

Lisa Gandy
Hi my name is Lisa Jane Gandy.... My father was Joseph Marion Gandy originally from Camilla ga. I'm 34 yes old and my dad would have been 96 this year. We lived in Jones County as well. He has a son that is my half brother named jack Gandy. I know that there are several gandy's that are still residing in Macon Ga. These were the gandy's that owned the pool table company and my cousins. I've wanted to trace my dads history back Bc he was so old to see what I could dig up. If anyone knows Kim, Marcus Mary Florence Gandy .... These are all relatives.

RL Gandy
Lisa, my name is RL Gandy. I am a distant cousin. Go to this website and follow the family links: It will show your ancestry. I am trying to find out what happened to your uncle Paul after he moved to TN. You can contact me at Thanks, RL Gandy.

Jack Gandy

Hi Lisa, I do not believe we are related. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946. My mother is from Ohio, and my father, Jack (Sr.) was from Morgantown WV. I really wish I was related to the pool table people. Gandy pool tables are great. By the way, my daughter's name happens to be Kim.

J. Spells
Hi - my great great grandfather was Clabon Gandy from Waynesboro, MS. I find the above very interesting as I have been told that my Great Grandfather (Will Grandy who was married to Ada Pou) often spoke of being Irish. Dose anyone have any information on Clab/Clabon Gandy born around 1851?

charlotte gandy-applewhite
Has anyone trace the possibility that the original spelling was Ghandi? I heard that maybe it was a deriviative from the middle east, but I am not certain.

Gandy is a european last name not to be confused with Ghandi.

Geri Meyers
I just came across this link and find it interesting that others are having a difficult time with their Gandy history. My great great grandfather was Thomas Gandy who married my gggrandmother Arvilla Holbrook and lived in North Dakota. He worked on the railroad and some distent cousins told me he was dispised by his peers and called "squawman." I know NOTHING of his origin and would love to know if anyone might have some information. Did he come from Mississippi from anyone's family line? I always thought he was of Irish decent.

Tim Gandy
I know she is not the same, but my mother's name was Doris Gandy. her maiden name was Biglan. Thanks for the info, gives me something to work with in tracking down this mystry.

Jane Gandy Sharpe
Tim, I think your first ancestor in Mississippi was probably Noel Gandy, the nephew of my ancestor, John Jonas Gandy. They traveled from Darlington District, SC to Mississippi together sometime in the 1830's, I believe. Evelyn Gandy, who had a long and illustrious career which culminated as the only female lieutenant governor of Mississippi, was descended from Noel. Jack Gandy, my dad's first cousin and a descendent of John Jonas, was father of the Tim Gandy I knew slightly. Jack did live in Glendale and was married twice, once to a lady named Doris. I never knew Doris, but did know his second wife, Virginia, who was the mother of his children. She was a lovely lady. Last I heard, one of his sons lived in his house in Glendale.

Laura Mathis Willingham

My grandmother's maiden name is Gandy. She was born in Darlington County, SC. Her name is Ruby. She had four sisters: Pearl, Gertrude, Beatrice and Margaret, and two brothers: Woodrow and Harvey. Her oldest was my father and her oldest daughter's name is Evelyn. She had seven children total after she married my grandfather.

Tim Gandy
Yes, my great great grand father from what I have been told came from cork Ireland came into us lived in Idaho raised potatos. He moved to Mosel married an Indian girl (chief jinny tubby of the Choctaw tribe's daughter) settled in an area known as Gandy town ( north of Glendale) and had two wives. Yes, our family is from the Glendale/ Mosel/ coffeeville area, our claim to fame is that my great aunt was the lieutenant governor of Mississippi.

William Gandy
and plus this information on the top sounds very similar of what my father William Shannon Gandy told me about...he told me about the Gandy Family coat of arms,the origin of the name, and theres another generation of the Gandy's residing in England. Gandy is a English name by the way...

Jane Gandy Sharpe
I'm Jane Gandy Sharpe and was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. My father was James Ethel Gandy from Jones County. If Tim Gandy is the Tim from the Glendale community north of Hattiesburg, our dads were first cousins. I've dabbled in genealogy off and on for years, and get postings from the Gandy MyFamily site. General consensus is that the Gandy's came from England and Ireland, but if anyone has ever traced my branch back to its source, I'm not aware of it. They were in the US very early, and no one that I know of has been able to determine with certainty who was our ancestor John Jonas Gandy's father. Best bets are for Brinkley, but that possibility is muddied by the possibility of an adoption in the 1700's. I'd love to know if anyone solves the mystery!

Rhea Gandy
Rhea Gandy here, residing in los Angeles, California. The Gandy's are on my fathers side of the family and most of them live in Mississippi today. I have no idea on the correct origin of our family, someone let me know thanks.

Steve Gandy
Steve Gandy here, originally from Memphis, TN, now in Colorado Springs, CO. I STILL have no idea where my ancestry comes from? Somewhere in the UK? Am I French?

Tim Gandy
I am Tim Gandy and my grandfather was from or lived in Moselle, Mississippi. However, I was under the impression that he was from Cork Ireland. Not really sure where my people came from. Is Gandy Irish, English or French?

Mike Gandy
My name is Mike Gandy and I was under the impression that the Gandy name was from Scottish decent. A great deal of the Gandy's from my fathers side are from Louisiana.

William Gandy
my Name is William Gandy and i believe the surname is English...thats wat my family out in Mississippi say 2...and yet we're also related to the Scottish...who knows if we are talking to our distant cousins... =/

Laura Gandee
the Gandee spelling is definitely not extinct but alive and well in West Virginia and surrounding states. Laura Gandee

Melba Gandy
Yes, and has existed in west Virginia sine the Revolution. In fact, the name of the first landowner registered in Randolph County is Uriah Gandee, reported to have been a royalist escaping the victors.

paul gandy
anyone know about Canadian Gandy history