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Where did the English Gamble family come from? What is the English Gamble family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gamble family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gamble family history?

Gamble is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gamble is a name that comes from the given name Gamel, which was common among the Danes and the Normans. The name Gamble was ultimately derived from the Old Norman word Gamall, which means old.The family name Gamble was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The surname Gamble was established by Norman landholders in the county of Yorkshire.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gamble, Gambel, Gambol and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamble research. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1297, 1450, 1666, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Gamble History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 98 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Gamble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 152 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gamble name or one of its variants:

Gamble Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Gideon Gamble who settled in Delaware in 1681
  • Gideon Gamble, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1681
  • Grisel Gamble, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Grist Gamble, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Grizel Gamble, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Gamble Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Gamble, who landed in New England in 1740
  • James Gamble settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Gamble Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gamble, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Edwd Gamble, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Gamble, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Joseph Gamble, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • Samuel Gamble, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811


  • Hamilton Rowan Gamble (1798-1864), American judge, chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court
  • Robert Jackson Gamble (1851-1924), American politician, US Representative and Senator from South Dakota
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Marshall Gamble (1791-1836), American officer in the United States Marine Corps, only US marine to command a US Navy ship, eponym of the USS Gamble (DD–123/DM-15)
  • Clarence Oliver Gamble (1881-1952), American bronze medalist tennis player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • James Gamble (1803-1891), Irish-born, American soapmaker and industrialist, co-founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company (1837)
  • Oscar Charles Gamble (b. 1949), American Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1969 to 1985
  • Sir Frederick Gamble, English diplomat
  • James Sykes Gamble FRS (1847-1925), English botanist
  • Sir David Gamble, from a long line of Gambles from Cornwall
  • Sir Reginald Arthur Gamble (b. 1862), member of the Indian Civil Service, and several time Wimbledon tennis champion



  • The Descendants of Bradley Gambill by Louise G. Brown.
  • Early Families of Blount County, Alabama: Gamble, Sapp, Williams by Carolina Nigg.

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The Gamble Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gamble Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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