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The name Gambell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Gambell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Gambell is based on the given name Gamel, which was common among the Danes and the Normans. The name Gambell was ultimately derived from the Old Norman word Gamall, which means old.The family name Gambell was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The surname Gambell was established by Norman landholders in the county of Yorkshire.

Gambell Early Origins



The surname Gambell was first found in Yorkshire where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gambell Spelling Variations


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Gambell Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gambell has been recorded under many different variations, including Gamble, Gambel, Gambol and others.

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Gambell Early History


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Gambell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gambell research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1297, 1450, 1666, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Gambell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gambell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gambell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gamble (died 1687), composer and musician in the court of King Charles I of England and King Charles II of...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gambell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gambell In Ireland


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Gambell In Ireland



Some of the Gambell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gambells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gambell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sara Gambell, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gambell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gambell (post 1700)



  • W. P. Gambell, American Democrat politician, Kansas Democratic State Chair, 1866

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Gambell Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gambell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gambell 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 11 February 2016 at 12:53.

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