The name Gamlan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Gamlan was a name used for a person who was referred to as gamall,
which was the Old Norman word for old.
Early Origins of the Gamlan family
The surname Gamlan 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 Gamlan family
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Gamlan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gamlan include Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.
Early Notables of the Gamlan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamlan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gamlan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth, Mary and Robert Gamlin, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1632; Josias Gambling to Virginia in 1636; and William Gambling to Philadelphia in 1846..