The name Gemell was derived from the Middle English word "Gamel" which meant the "old one." Gamel was a fairly popular personal name
particularly in Ayrshire
. "Gemell" is also derived from the Italian word for "twins" and it if from this source that heralds derived the ordinary "bars-gemel" which de Picts
"twin" bars or a pair of two barrulets, placed close together, referred to as one bar-gemel. Bars gemel were awarded for acts of particular bravery in times of war.
Early Origins of the Gemell family
The surname Gemell was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where one of the first records of the name was Gamel or Gamellus who witnessed charters by Richard, bishop of St. Andrews c. 1173. The same person witnessed a charter by Roger, bishop elect of St. Andrews relating to the church of Haddington c. 1189-1198.
Early History of the Gemell family
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Gemell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gemmell, Gemel, Gemell, Gemmel, Gemmill and others.
Early Notables of the Gemell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gemell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick Gemmell arrived in Philadelphia in 1860; Walter Gemmell in the same port in 1868; Michael Gemmell arrived in New England
in 1709 with his wife and son..