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The origins of the Gayle surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was known for their cheerful personality and their jovial disposition. The surname Gayle was originally derived form the Old English word gal, which described a person as being pleasant and merry.

Gayle Early Origins



The surname Gayle was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gayle Spelling Variations


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Gayle 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. Gayle has been recorded under many different variations, including Gale, Gail, Gaile, Gales and others.

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Gayle Early History


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Gayle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayle research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1546, 1628, 1678, 1635, 1702, 1671, 1701, 1680, 1721, 1647, 1721, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gayle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gayle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gayle Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include George Gale, Mayor of York; Theophilus Gale (1628-1678), 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...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gayle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Gayle or a variant listed above:

Gayle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gayle, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • George Gayle, who landed in Massachusetts in 1690

Gayle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna M. Gayle, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Anna M Gayle, aged 34, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Mattie Belle Gayle, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mrs. E. D. Gayle, aged 46, who emigrated to America, in 1911
  • Irene P. Gayle, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gayle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gayle (post 1700)



  • William A. Gayle, American politician, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, 1952-59
  • Sands Gayle, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 18th District, 1910-19; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1916
  • Richard H. Gayle, American politician, U.S. Consul in Montevideo, 1858-61
  • Margot Gayle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956
  • June Ward Gayle (1865-1942), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1900-01; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1904, 1920
  • John Gayle (1792-1859), American politician, Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1847-49; U.S. District Judge for Louisiana, 1849-59
  • George W. Gayle, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 1838-42
  • Andrew M. Gayle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Guam, 1964
  • Shaun Lanard Gayle (b. 1962), former American football cornerback/safety in the NFL
  • John Gayle (1792-1859), Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1831 to 1835
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gayle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gayle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 March 2016 at 13:45.

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