The surname Gavel was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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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. Gavel has been recorded under many different variations, including Gavell, Gavelle, Gavel, Gavill, Gaville, Gavil, Gavall and many more.
Early Notables of the Gavel family (pre 1700)
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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 Gavel or a variant listed above:
Gavel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Cpl. John Gavel Sr., U.E., "Wesley" born in Brookhaven, New York, USA from Brookhaven, New York, USA who settled in Tusket, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia c. 1783 he served under Col. Axtell in New York he first arrived in Shelburne, Nova Scotia with wife Sarah and 5 children, he died in 1810 
^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X