Gentile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gentile family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Gentile is a nickname type of surname for a person of good manners and courteous nature derived from the Old French word "gentil."
Early Origins of the Gentile family
The surname Gentile was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in the arrondissement of d'Amiens, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
Important Dates for the Gentile family
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Gentile Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gentile, Gentille, Jentile, Jentille, Gentiles, Gentilles, Gentil, Jentiles, Jentilles, Chentile, Chentille, Chentiles, Chentilles, Chantile, Chantille, Chantilly, De Chantilly, Chantiles, Chantilles, Jentile, Jentille and many more.
Early Notables of the Gentile family (pre 1700)
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Gentile migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gentile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marido Gentile, aged 29, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848 
- Nicodemo Gentile, who arrived in America in 1889
- Agostino Gentile, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1896
- Michele Gentile, who settled in New York, NY in 1899
Gentile Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agostino Gentile, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Campobello, Sicily, in 1910
- Amillo Gentile, aged 16, who landed in America from Ageroli, Italy, in 1910
- Angela Gentile, aged 18, who settled in America from Gagliano, Sicily, in 1910
- Alfio Gentile, aged 18, who landed in America from S. Fratello, Sicily, in 1912
- Achille Gentile, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Campotant, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentile (post 1700)
- James Edward Gentile (b. 1934), American former Major League Baseball first baseman
- Major Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (1920-1951), American World War II fighter ace credited with over 26 victories
- Dominic S. Gentile, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force then the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 21.83 aerial victories
- Vincent Jacques-Etienne Avogari de Gentile, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Claudio Gentile (b. 1953), Italian football coach and former defender who appeared for Italy in two World Cup tournaments
- Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), Italian philosopher
- Edera Gentile (1920-1993), Italian Olympic athlete in the Discus
- Gentile da Fabriano (1370-1427), Italian painter
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Vincent Gentile. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html