The name Gemmil 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 Gemmil family
The surname Gemmil 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 Gemmil family
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Gemmil Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gemmell, Gemel, Gemell, Gemmel, Gemmill and others.
Early Notables of the Gemmil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gemmil family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gemmil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Gemmil U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X