Anglo-Saxon name Gammale comes from the given name Camel, a variation of the Old Norse name Gamall. The surname Gammale is also of nickname origin and refers to a person who had physical characteristics similar to a camel. These characteristics could include awkwardness and ill-temper. The origin is also toponymic, which means that the bearers came from Queen Camel or West Camel, which were parishes in Somerset.
Early Origins of the Gammale family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Gammale family
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Gammale Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gammale were recorded, including Camell, Cammel, Camel, Camule, Camyll, Gamyll, Cammell and many more.
Early Notables of the Gammale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gammale family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gammale family emigrate to North America: Edmund Camell who arrived in Virginia in 1637; James Camell in New England in 1652; and John Cammel who arrived in South Carolina in 1716.
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