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Early Origins of the Gamel family

The surname Gamel was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gamel family

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Gamel Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gamel include Gamul, Gamull, Gamall, Gamle, Gamol, Gamoll, Gammoll, Gammul, Gammull, Gamule, Gammule, Gamuel, Gammuel, Gammual, Gammual, Gammuell, Gamvill and many more.

Early Notables of the Gamel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gamel family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gamel or a variant listed above: Ralph Gamull, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1769.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gamel (post 1700) +

  • Mathew "Mat" Lawrence Gamel (b. 1985), American professional baseball first baseman for the Camden Riversharks
  • Gamel Woolsey (1897-1968), American poet, novelist and translator, daughter of William Walton Woolsey
  • Gamel Augustus Pennington (1831-1862), 4th Baron Muncaster, English peer on Facebook