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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.

Gail Early Origins



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.

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Gail Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gail Early History


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Gail Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gail research. Another 171 words (12 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.

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Gail Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Gail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jonas Gail, who landed in America in 1857

Gail Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Georg Gail, aged 36, landed in America in 1900

Gail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gail arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Richard Gail, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gail (post 1700)


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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
  • Maxwell T. Gail, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 18th District, 1960

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Gail Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gail 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 13:20.

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