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Gamble is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gamble is a name that comes from the given name Gamel, which was common among the Danes and the Normans. The name Gamble was ultimately derived from the Old Norman word Gamall, which means old.The family name Gamble 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 Gamble was established by Norman landholders in the county of Yorkshire.

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The surname Gamble 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.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gamble, Gambel, Gambol and others.


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

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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 Gamble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Gamble 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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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gamble name or one of its variants:

Gamble Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gideon Gamble who settled in Delaware in 1681
  • Gideon Gamble, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1681
  • Grisel Gamble, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Grist Gamble, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Grizel Gamble, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
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Gamble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Gamble, who landed in New England in 1740
  • James Gamble settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Gamble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gamble, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Edward Gamble, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Gamble, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Joseph Gamble, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • Samuel Gamble, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
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Gamble Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Gamble MD, U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Gamble Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Gamble, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • John Gamble, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Alexander Gamble, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane Gamble, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Sarah Gamble, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
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Gamble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Gamble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Mary Gamble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • John A.M. Gamble, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • John A. Gamble, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Thomas William Gamble, aged 28, a butcher, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
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Gamble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Gamble landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • William Gamble landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • C. Gamble arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1858
  • Robert Gamble arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • J.J. Gamble arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
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  • Mason Wilson Gamble (1986-1993), American actor, known for his portrayal of Dennis Mitchell in the 1993 film Dennis the Menace
  • Oscar Charles Gamble (b. 1949), American Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1969 to 1985
  • James Gamble (1803-1891), Irish-born, American soapmaker and industrialist, co-founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company (1837)
  • Clarence Oliver Gamble (1881-1952), American bronze medalist tennis player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Marshall Gamble (1791-1836), American officer in the United States Marine Corps, only US marine to command a US Navy ship, eponym of the USS Gamble (DD–123/DM-15)
  • Claude Gamble, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1952
  • Charles Gamble, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Jefferson County 1st District, 1904
  • Archibald Gamble, American politician, Postmaster at St. Louis, Missouri, 1849-54
  • Alan Gamble, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 2000
  • David Gamble, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1856
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Gamble Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Frank Harold Gamble (1909-1941), Australian Petty Officer Telegraphist from Balnarring, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald Frederick Gamble (1917-1941), Australian Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist from McMahon's Point, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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  • The Descendants of Bradley Gambill by Louise G. Brown.
  • Early Families of Blount County, Alabama: Gamble, Sapp, Williams by Carolina Nigg.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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