George Gay

Holt, Wiltshire, England

The Life of George

When George Gay was born in 1814, in Holt, Wiltshire, England, his father, George Gay, was 38 and his mother, Margaret Sims, was 35. He married Mary Jane Barnes on 17 June 1839, in Holt, Wiltshire, England. He lived in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881 and Westwood, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom in 1891.

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George Gay
Mary Jane Barnes
Marriage: 17 June 1839

Spouse and Children

17 June 1839
Holt, Wiltshire, England

Parents and Siblings

    George Gay


    Margaret Sims




    James Gay


    Ann Gay


    Rebecca Gay



    Harriet Gay


World Events (7)


Age 1

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 19

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 40

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

1 English and French: nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai. In Middle English the term could also mean ‘wanton’, ‘lascivious’ and this sense may lie behind the surname in some instances.2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade .3 probably from the Catalan personal name Gai (Latin Gaius), or in some cases a nickname from Catalan gay ‘cheerful’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Giles Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • George Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • George Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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