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Gamblin is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as gamall, which was the Old Norman word for old.

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The surname Gamblin was first found in Somerset, where an Odo filius Gamelin was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. They have also been found in Huntingdonshire and Oxfordshire since early times.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gamblin were recorded, including Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamblin research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1086, 1379, 1625, 1666, 1737, 1271, 1255 and 1271 are included under the topic Early Gamblin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamblin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gamblin family emigrate to North America:

Gamblin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Gamblin, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Gamblin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Henry A. Gamblin, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • John H. Gamblin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849

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  • Samuel M. Gamblin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1928


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