Gawel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient name Gawel is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person with a fancied resemblance to the wild boar. The name derives fom the Old Norse word goltr, which means boar. The boar, a hairy tusked animal similar to a pig, was once quite populous in England, but now remains only on continental Europe. Hunting boar was a favorite sport during the Middle Ages, and the sport contributed to its extinction in the British Isles.
Early Origins of the Gawel family
The surname Gawel was first found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Gall was the name given to strangers, as in the Lowland Galt, but the name probably came from France. Conjecturally they moved north to Scotland with King David of Scotland.
Early History of the Gawel family
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Gawel Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gawel were recorded, including Gall, Gauld, Gault, Galt, Gaw, Gawe, Gauwe and others.
Early Notables of the Gawel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gawel family to Ireland
Some of the Gawel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gawel family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gawel arrived in North America very early: Christopher Gall who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753; George Michael Gall with his three sons who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gawel (post 1700) +
- Colin Gawel (b. 1969), American co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the American rock band Watershed
Historic Events for the Gawel family +
- Heinrich Gawel (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
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The Gawel Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Patentia Vincit
Motto Translation: Patience conquers.