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Gail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Gail surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gail was originally derived form the Old English word gal, which described a person as being pleasant and merry.

Early Origins of the Gail family


The surname Gail 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 Gail family


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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 Gail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gail Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gail has been spelled many different ways, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.

Early Notables of the Gail 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...
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Migration of the Gail family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gails to arrive in North America:

Gail Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Ludwig Gail, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1781 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jonas Gail, who landed in America in 1857 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gail Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Georg Gail, aged 36, who landed in America in 1900 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gail, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  • Richard Gail, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Gail (post 1700)


  • William H. Gail, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Maxwell T. Gail, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 18th District, 1960 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Oprah Gail Winfrey (b. 1954), American multiple- Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Adelaide Gail Zappa (1945-2015), née Sloatman, American widow of musician and composer Frank Zappa, mother of Moon Zappa
  • Dame Gail Rebuck DBE (b. 1952), Baroness Gould, a British publisher, chairman and chief executive of publisher Random House's British operations
  • Linda Gail Arrigo (b. 1949), American political activist, human rights activist, and academic researcher and politician in Taiwan
  • Bonnie Gail Franklin (1944-2013), American Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984)
  • Yolanda Gail Devers (b. 1966), American three-time Olympic champion in track and field, winner of fourteen gold medals and four silver medals, inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame
  • Henry Gail Norrid, American politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 16th District, 1994 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Gail Caldwell (b. 1951), American chief book critic for The Boston Globe awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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