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The name Gemmell was derived from the Middle English word "Gamel" which meant the "old one." Gamel was a fairly popular personal name in Scotland
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.
The surname Gemmell 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gemmell, Gemel, Gemell, Gemmel, Gemmill and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gemmell research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1600 and 1173 are included under the topic Early Gemmell History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Gemmell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gemmell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Gemmell arrived in New England in 1709 with his wife and son
Gemmell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Gemmell arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
- Walter Gemmell in the same port in 1868
- Gemmell, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1892
Gemmell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- David Gemmell, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1903
- Annie Gemmell, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Bannockburn, Scotland, in 1907
- Isabella Gemmell, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Greenock, Scotland, in 1910
- James Gemmell, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1910
- Annie Gemmell, aged 29, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911
Gemmell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Gemmell was a tailor in Montreal in 1851
Gemmell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- James Gemmell, aged 40, who emigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1919
Gemmell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Gemmell, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
Gemmell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Gemmell, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
- Tommy Gemmell (1930-2004), Scottish association football player
- Thomas "Tommy" Gemmell (b. 1943), Scottish footballer and manager
- Ruth Gemmell (b. 1967), British actress
- Rhys Gemmell (b. 1896), Australian former tennis player, winner of the Australian Championship men's singles title (1921)
- Nikki Gemmell (b. 1967), Australian author
- Kris Gemmell (b. 1977), New Zealand triathlete and aquathon, World Champion (2002)
- David Gemmell (1948-2006), British author of heroic fantasy
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
- Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
The Gemmell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gemmell 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.
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