A collection of stories from the Guenther past.As well as any other information gathered over the years.With the failure of the last Guenther site this one was created to try and preserve some of the data through the generations.
Please send stories or suggestions to Jereme Guenther or Deborah Guenther
The name, Guenther is one of the oldest Germanic names known. It is used as both a first and a last name. The name comes in two parts: Gu(e)nt and He(e)r(e), the parentheses meaning that you may or may not put in the e. In Medieval German, the dots dot were not put over the a, u or 0, instead on wrote, for example, iu or ue. Gradually, the e went on top of the u and then it was turned upside down on top of the u, you still see that in the old spelling of Burgermeister beer sold in this country. Gradually, the upside down e turned into two little dots. The meaning of the first part was battle and the meaning of the second part was army, so the meaning of the name is battle army or an army in battle. The ancient Germans had a lot of names like that. For example, the name of the god of war was Tiu, but the Saxons referred to him as Saxnot, that is Sax plus Not, referring to the troubles that were inflicted on enemies (that is the word Not) by the battle axe of the Saxons, called Sax or Seax. The Scandinavians took over the name and there it is Gunnar and it is also still used. At any rate, trying to determine who first had this coat of arms is impossible. It is possible, but I am not able to do it, to probably find out some ancients who used it, but the first is not possible. You will note also the simplicity. As people got to be more advanced, and new coats of arms were created, the coats of arms became much more complicated and ornate. That also makes it impossible to trace back. We have to take it as it is and as it is registered.(Ronald Guenther – 3/20/2014)