Gambell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Gambell family

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.

Important Dates for the Gambell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gambell research. Another 61 words (4 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Gambell family (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...
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Migration of the Gambell family to Ireland

Some of the Gambell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gambell migration to the United States

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 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gambell (post 1700)

  • W. P. Gambell, American Democrat politician, Kansas Democratic State Chair, 1866 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from
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