Gambin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gambin surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "gambon," meaning "ham," which comes ultimately from a Norman-Picard form of the Old French "jambe" meaning "leg."

Early Origins of the Gambin family

The surname Gambin was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Important Dates for the Gambin family

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Gambin Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Gamon, Gambone, Gambon, Gammon, Gamboun, Gamboune and others.

Early Notables of the Gambin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gambin family

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Gambin Nath Gammon, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Jno Gammon, who arrived in Virginia in 1674; John Gammon, who came to New England in 1721; Lucy Gammon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gambin (post 1700)

  • Jean Hugues Gambin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]


  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 5) Jean Gambin. Retrieved from
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