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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.

Gale Early Origins



The surname Gale 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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Gale Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gale Early History


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Gale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gale 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 Gale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gale 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 Gale 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



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 settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife Mary
  • Edmond Gale, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Gale settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Daniell Gale, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Hu Gale, who arrived in New England in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Gale, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Gale, who arrived in New England in 1733
  • Francis Gale, who landed in America in 1782

Gale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hen Gale, who landed in America in 1805
  • J, Gale Jr., who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Jos Gale, aged 52, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • M Gale, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • G Gale, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Gale arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • John Gale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849
  • T. Gale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • Rowina Gale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gale arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Ellen Gale arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Margaret Gale arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • George Gale, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • James Gale, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gale (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Gale Historic Events


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Gale Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Raymond Gale (1917-1941), Australian Leading Supply Assistant from Abbotsford, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald M Gale (b. 1918), English Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Gale, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George H Gale, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Gale


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Suggested Readings for the name Gale



  • Genealogy of the Gale Family by George Gale.

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Gale Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Gale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gale 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 26 August 2016 at 09:05.

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