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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gentil family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Gentil is a nickname type of surname for a person of good manners and courteous nature derived from the Old French word "gentil."

Gentil Early Origins



The surname Gentil was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in the arrondissement of d'Amiens, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Gentil Spelling Variations


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Gentil Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gentile, Gentille, Jentile, Jentille, Gentiles, Gentilles, Gentil, Jentiles, Jentilles, Chentile, Chentille, Chentiles, Chentilles, Chantile, Chantille, Chantilly, De Chantilly, Chantiles, Chantilles, Jentile, Jentille and many more.

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Gentil Early History


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Gentil Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gentil research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1589, 1652, 1766, 1771, and 1774 are included under the topic Early Gentil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gentil Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gentil Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gentil 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gentil Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Fernando Gentil, who came to America in 1511
  • Ana Bernal Gentil, who settled in New Spain in 1571
  • Gaspar Gentil, who settled in Peru in 1582

Gentil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Gentil, who landed in Louisiana in 1718
  • Francois Gentil, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques Gentil, aged 41, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques Gentil, aged 41, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Gentil, who came to Louisiana in 1719 at the age of 19
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gentil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pierre François Gentil, aged 32, settled in New York City in 1810
  • Pierre Francois Gentil, aged 32, landed in New York in 1810
  • Fernando Gentil, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Melchor Gentil, who arrived in New Spain in 1838
  • P. Gentil settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gentil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Gentil, who settled in Quebec in 1784

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentil (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentil (post 1700)



  • Alphonse Louis Gentil de Saint-Alphonse, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Louis Gentil (1896-1945), French Commanding Officer during World War II

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Gentil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gentil 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 6 March 2015 at 13:26.

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