Show ContentsGaule History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gaule has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gaule was originally derived form the Old English word gal, which described a person as being pleasant and merry. [1]

Early Origins of the Gaule family

The surname Gaule was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johanna del Gaylle; Agnes del Gaylle; Johannes del Gayle; and Willelmus Gayle as all holding lands there at that time. [2]

One source claims the name is a "Scottish Highlander," [3] and in Scotland, "strangers to the Gadhelic people were called Gall, and this gave rise to surnames such as Gauld, Gall, and the Lowland Galt. Gall in the common speech was pronounced 'Gaw.' A rather common surname in Perth and especially in the Muirton of Balhousie during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. John Gal was witness to a grant to the Blackfriars of Perth in 1334." [4]

Early History of the Gaule family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaule research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1596, 1597, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670, 1735 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Gaule History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaule Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gaule have been found, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.

Early Notables of the Gaule family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Dunstan Gale (fl. 1596), an English poet, author of a poem entitled 'Pyramus and Thisbe,' supposed to have been printed for the first time in 1597. [5] Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), was an English educationalist, nonconformist and theologian of dissent from Kingsteignton, Devon; Thomas Gale (1635?-1702), an English classical scholar, antiquarian and cleric from Scruton, Yorkshire; Mildred Gale (1671-1701), born Mildred Warner in the Colony of Virginia, paternal grandmother of President George Washington; and John Gale (1680-1721), an English Baptist theologian; and his son...
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United States Gaule migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gaule, or a variant listed above:

Gaule Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Gaule, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
Gaule Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques De Gaule, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718 [6]
Gaule Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Gaule, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Gaule, aged 57, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Queenstown & Liverpool [7]
Gaule Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nicholes Gaule, aged 16, originally from Waterford, arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Queenstown, Ireland [7]
  • Gerhart Gaule, aged 25, originally from Zurich, Switzerland, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Antwerp, Belgium [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaule (post 1700) +

  • Michael John Gaule (1869-1918), American Major League Baseball player who played in one game for the Louisville Colonels in 1889
  • Catherine Gaule, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1940 [8]
  • Denise Gaule (b. 1991), Irish camogie player and student, winner of the Young Player of the Year award of 2009, she played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook