Last name: Gunther

This is an Anglo-Saxon surname of great antiquity, being a development of the ancient compound personal name of the pre 10th Century "Gund-heri". The name translates as "Battle-Army", and given the warlike propensities of the period no doubt accounts for the relative popularity of the later medieval surname. In various spelling forms it is found in France as Gontier; Germany, Gunther; Sweden, Gunnar, and as the Scandinavian patronymics, Gundersen and Gunnarsson. The name, as a given name, was recorded in Northumberland in 1094 as "Gunterus", and one Guntier was recorded in Hampshire in 1165. The first surname form appears in the 13th Century (see below), another early example being William Gunter of Suffolk, in the medieval records of Ely of 1221. The Coat of Arms of Gunter (Sussex and Brecon) is black with three silver clenched gauntlets, with a Crest of a stag's head. One of the early immigrants to the first American Colony of "Virginea" was Lester Gunter, aged 13 yrs., who sailed from London on the ship "Truelove", in September 1635, having first taken the "oath of allegiance" to King Charles 1 (1625 - 1649). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Gunter, which was dated 1205, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Berkshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Kenneth Ashby
Upon researching my Mothers Maiden name of “Kinder” I have come to this; Peter Kinder, M., b. abt 1752, at East Bethlehem, Washington Co., PA, d. 1-23-1827, at Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, m. Margaret Dolly See, b. 11-22-1755, at Berks Co., IN, d. 10-23-1845, at Montgomery Co., IN. Peter Kinders Father was; Johann George Guenther, OR GUNDER. M, b. abt 1702 at Fischbach, Dudweiler, Germany, d. Ohio River, Washington Co., Pa. m, Ruth Anna Lang, of Germany. George and Ruth were of German-Welsh descent DEATH: Tradition states that George died on the Ohio River on his way to New Orleans by Indians or River pirates. Also reported in "Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington Co, Pa" George Kinder, resided on Plum Brush, and followed the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as a trader and boatman. For a time he was successful in business, but, being overtaken by financial trouble, a few year later went to New Orleans and never returned." Source; Just hoping to go further back with the Gunther lineage but not sure where to go from here. Looking for suggestions. Can you help with anything please? Thankyou

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