Origins Available: English
The name Gel came to England
with the ancestors of the Gel family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the classical French name Gellius
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The name is also a pet form of the female given name Juliana or Gillian, and occasionally was given to children through rare metronymic descent. This occasionally occurred if a man married twice; in such a case the children of his second marriage would bear the name of their mother to distinguish them from the children of their father's first marriage.
Early Origins of the Gel family
The surname Gel was first found in Yorkshire
. "Hopton [in Derbyshire] was the property and residence of Sir John Gell, who, when Charles I. raised the royal standard at Nottingham
, proceeded to Derby, assembled a strong body of troops for the parliament, and performed a conspicuous part throughout the war." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Gelle Winter in Cambridgeshire; and Emma Gele in Suffolk
. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Gele. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Gel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gel research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1719, 1740, 1806, 1775, 1842, 1593, 1671, 1612 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Gel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gell, Gill, Jell and others.
Early Notables of the Gel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet
(1593-1671), who was a Parliamentarian politician and military figure in the English Civil War. His family... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gel name or one of its variants:
Gel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Christov Gel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Gel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benj. Gel, who settled in New Orleans in 1832