The Gurnett family of Surrey also claimed descent from this line.
The Testa de Nevill During the first 50 years of the 13th century, between 12, a great survey of the kingdom of England was made by Royal Order.
There are many references to members of the Gernet family in the "Testa de Nevill" and to the titles, lands and properties that they held.
I haven't seen the documents that refers to Vivian by the surnames de Geurinet, de Geurin or de Gueron, however Ralph Gernet was referred to, at least once, as Radulphus Guernet and Roger Gernet of Halton was as Rogeri de Guernet.
However, I'm still fairly fond of the theory that the name derived from the occupation of grenetier, supervisor of a granary, and that the family came from Fecamp, which is further up the Normandy coast.
Many of these lands were then "sub-leased," or re-enfeoffed, to lesser lords creating a great pyramid of obligation and service. This form had been developed in Normandy and was introduced to England by the Conqueror, who divided the lands of England among his followers, to be held by the service of a fixed number of knights in his host.
The tenure of serjeanty furnished the king with needed officials and with personal, sometime menial, services.
Feudal Tenure Free tenure, a grant by the King, was a means for ensuring performance of services required by the state.
In essence, all land, feoffs, belonged to the King and he "leased" them out, enfeoffed them, in return for services.
While in America we see Vivian as a woman's name - think of the Julia Roberts character in "Pretty Woman" - in England it may be either masculine or feminine.
However, I haven't seen any references to a feminine form of the name at this early date.
The building retains its Romanesque chancel, which culminates in an apse.