The origins of the Gamlyn surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was referred to as gamall,
which was the Old Norman word for old.
Early Origins of the Gamlyn family
The surname Gamlyn 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 Gamlyn family
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Gamlyn 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. Gamlyn has been recorded under many different variations, including Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.
Early Notables of the Gamlyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamlyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gamlyn or a variant listed above: Elizabeth, Mary and Robert Gamlin, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1632; Josias Gambling to Virginia in 1636; and William Gambling to Philadelphia in 1846..