Gale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gale has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gale was originally derived form the Old English word gal, which described a person as being pleasant and merry. [1]

Early Origins of the Gale family

The surname Gale was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johanna del Gaylle; Agnes del Gaylle; Johannes del Gayle; and Willelmus Gayle as all holding lands there at that time. [2]

One source claims the name is a "Scottish Highlander," [3] and in Scotland, "strangers to the Gadhelic people were called Gall, and this gave rise to surnames such as Gauld, Gall, and the Lowland Galt. Gall in the common speech was pronounced 'Gaw.' A rather common surname in Perth and especially in the Muirton of Balhousie during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. John Gal was witness to a grant to the Blackfriars of Perth in 1334." [4]

Early History of the Gale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gale research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1596, 1597, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670, 1735 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Gale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gale have been found, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.

Early Notables of the Gale family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Dunstan Gale ( fl. 1596), an English poet, author of a poem entitled 'Pyramus and Thisbe,' supposed to have been printed for the first time in 1597. [5] Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), was 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 Mildred Warner in the Colony of Virginia, paternal grandmother of President George Washington; and John Gale (1680-1721), an English Baptist theologian; and his son...
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United States Gale migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gale, or a variant listed above:

Gale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gale, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife Mary
  • Edmond Gale, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [6]
  • Richard Gale, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Daniell Gale, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [6]
  • Hu Gale, who arrived in New England in 1652 [6]
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Gale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Gale, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Edward Gale, who arrived in New England in 1733 [6]
  • Francis Gale, who landed in America in 1782 [6]
Gale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hen Gale, who landed in America in 1805 [6]
  • J, Gale Jr., who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [6]
  • Jos Gale, aged 52, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [6]
  • M Gale, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [6]
  • G Gale, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [6]
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Australia Gale migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Gale, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Mr. George Gale, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • William Gale, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [9]
  • Mr. John Gale, English convict who was convicted in Kingston on Thames, London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • John Gale, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849 [11]
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New Zealand Gale migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W.M. Gale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Worsley" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th October 1858 [12]
  • Mr. Edward Gale, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [12]
  • Mrs. Gale, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [12]
  • Mr. Edward Gale, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [12]
  • Miss Eliza Gale, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gale (post 1700) +

  • Zona Gale (1874-1938), American author and playwright awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Henry Gordon Gale (1874-1942), American astrophysicist, author and editor of the Astrophysical Journal from 1912 to 1940
  • John Gale (1953-2019), English professional poker player based in Bushey, Hertfordshire who had live tournament winnings exceeding $3,600,000
  • Robert Alec "Bob" Gale (1933-2018), English first-class cricketer for Middlesex (1956-1965) and businessman, from Old Warden, Bedfordshire
  • Dr. Barbara Gale M.B.E., British Chief Executive for St Nicholas Hospice Care Charity, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Hospice Care and the community in Suffolk [13]
  • General Sir Richard Nelson Gale GCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1896-1982), British soldier, recipient of the Military Cross in 1918 and eventually became the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
  • Walter Frederick Gale (1865-1945), Australian banker and astronomer awarded the Jackson-Gwilt Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1935
  • Ernest Frederick Gale FRS (1914-2005), British microbiologist
  • Hon. George Alexander Gale CC, QC (1906-1997), Canadian Chief Justice for the province of Ontario, Canada from 1967 until his 1976 retirement
  • Darwin Gale Schisler (1933-2020), American politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois (1965-1967)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas John Gale, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ronald M Gale (b. 1918), English Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George H Gale, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry Gale (d. 1912), aged 38, English Second Class passenger from Harrowbarrow, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Shadrach Gale (d. 1912), aged 33, English Second Class passenger from Harrowbarrow, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]


Suggested Readings for the name Gale +

  • 2083 Genealogy of the Gale Family by George Gale.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DERWENT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Derwent.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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