Gambling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gambling is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a person who was referred to as gamall, which was the Old Norman word for old.

Gameline (d. 1271), was Lord-Chancellor of Scotland and Bishop of St. Andrews, "one of the ‘Clerici Regis Alexandri II’ and archdeacon of St. Andrews. He was made Lord-Chancellor in 1250, and in 1254 was appointed one of the chaplains of Pope Innocent IV." [1]

Early Origins of the Gambling family

The surname Gambling was first found in Somerset, where an Odo filius Gamelin was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] They have also been found in Huntingdonshire and Oxfordshire since early times.

Early History of the Gambling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gambling research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1086, 1379, 1625, 1666, 1737, 1271, 1255 and 1271 are included under the topic Early Gambling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gambling Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gambling has been recorded under many different variations, including Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.

Early Notables of the Gambling family (pre 1700)

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United States Gambling migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gambling or a variant listed above:

Gambling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Josias Gambling to Virginia in 1636
  • Josias Gambling, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [3]
Gambling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Gambling to Philadelphia in 1846

Contemporary Notables of the name Gambling (post 1700) +

  • William Alexander Gambling, British professor, industrial consultant and company director


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)


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