The origins of the Gayles surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gayles was originally derived form the Old English word gal,
which described a person as being pleasant and merry.
Early Origins of the Gayles family
The surname Gayles was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gayles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayles research.Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gayles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gayles Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gayles has been recorded under many different variations, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.
Early Notables of the Gayles family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), an English educationalist, nonconformist and theologian of dissent from Kingsteignton, Devon; Thomas Gale (1635?-1702), an English classical scholar, antiquarian and cleric from Scruton, Yorkshire; Mildred Gale (1671-1701), born... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gayles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gayles family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gayles or a variant listed above: John Gale who settled in New England
in 1656; another John settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife Mary; Richard Gale settled in Barbados in 1635; John Gale settled in Barbados in 1685.
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