Gamelyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Gamelyn is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was 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." 
Early Origins of the Gamelyn family
The surname Gamelyn was first found in Somerset, where an Odo filius Gamelin was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.  They have also been found in Huntingdonshire and Oxfordshire since early times.
Early History of the Gamelyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamelyn 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 Gamelyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gamelyn Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gamelyn has undergone many spelling variations, including Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.
Early Notables of the Gamelyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamelyn family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gamelyn were among those contributors: Elizabeth, Mary and Robert Gamlin, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1632; Josias Gambling to Virginia in 1636; and William Gambling to Philadelphia in 1846..
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)