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Facts of additional interest  


The first born generation of Gyoury's included a son named William. In 1842 William was convicted of a crime and sentenced to 'deportation' to Tasmania. This was common for even petty crimes back then, as more substantial crime would usually result in the death penalty. The Ship called 'Waterloo', which had been constructed in Bristol 1815, left Sheerness in June 1842 with 220 convicts on board. On the 27th August 1842 the ageing ship & its passengers encountered a heavy storm while anchored in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. The ship broke up and was destroyed. William, aged 22, drowned along with the many others who would not make the long journey to Australia.

At the time, William Gyoury had a younger brother of similar age named James, who was left behind in London. I believe that they grew up together and were close. James married just a couple of years later and soon had his first child who he named James (after himself as per the 'fashion' of the time). But interestingly, just five years after William had died James had his second child, a boy that he named William. It is my firm belief that William was named after the lost brother that James sorely missed. This holds much interest to me personally because William went on to name his first son William, who went on to name his son William, who named his son John-William, who then named his son William, who named his son William, who named me...... Lee-William, making the dedicated memory last for over 150 years and 6 generations.


Somers Town is the area of London where Gyoury's originate. The location is between Euston and St Pancras stations.

In 1975 the Government paid 6 million for a derelict railway goods yard to the West of St Pancras station. This was to be used for a new building to expand the British Museum. The British Library  was not formerly opened until 1998, by Queen Elizabeth II, but now stands on the area that the first generation Gyoury's lived.

British Library Gyoury

Gyoury's are privileged, since I doubt that many people have modern buildings that could 'represent' the birth of their surname. St Pancras Church represents the birth of our name in religious sense, while the British Library & its storage of history occupies the site where the first Gyoury family started & evolved. 

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Waterloo (cape archives)



Gyoury waterloo wreck

The Waterloo Convict Ship August 1842 (Click for larger view)









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St Pancras New Church was where many Gyoury's went to practice their religion, to marry, to baptise new Gyoury babies, etc. 

St Pancras New Church http://www.stpancraschurch.org/

The original St Pancras church is one of the oldest Churches in England, if not the oldest. Church land & huge amounts of Burial ground were taken when the St Pancras railway line was constructed.

Link to St Pancras Old Church info- http://www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/london/77.html

Historic Walk. There is a fantastic 'Historic Walk' available for the Somers Town, St Pancras area. You can download and read the PDF leaflet.  - Click Here -


Győrỳ originates from Győr / Gyr in Hungary.

Gyr or Győr or Gyor refers to the same place, which is pronounced more like "Dyur" by the locals. There is the city of Gyor but the name does also relate to a whole region/county/province in Hungary.

Gyor has lots of history of its own. The area sits on an important route in Central Europe, at a place where 3 major rivers- Danube, Rba and Rbca meet. Gyor is on the borders of 2 different geographical regions and a very strategic place halfway between Budapest and Vienna.

George, Gyorgy, Gypsy have no direct relevance to Gyoury but are similar to show how ancient sound has developed into the modern English words that we know.

Gyory is the more commonly used surname that originates from Győrỳ

Goury is a surname originating from France, although it is similar it has no direct connection.

Youry is a surname originating from Scotland, although it is similar it has no direct connection.

Hungarian Goulash has no relevance but perhaps brings a sense of deep root tradition. Gyri Biscuits equally have no direct relevance, but they do come from Gyor.



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-Lee Gyoury 2007