Gentil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Gentil family

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.

Early History of the Gentil family

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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.

Early Notables of the Gentil family (pre 1700)

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United States Gentil migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gentil Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Fernando Gentil, who settled in 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 [1]
  • Francois Gentil, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Jacques Gentil, aged 41, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Jacques Gentil, aged 41, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Gentil, who settled in 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, who landed in New York in 1810 [1]
  • Fernando Gentil, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Melchor Gentil, who arrived in New Spain in 1838 [1]
  • P. Gentil, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gentil migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gentil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Gentil, who settled in Quebec in 1784

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 [2]
  • Brigadier-General Louis Gentil (1896-1945), French Commanding Officer during World War II [3]
  • José Gentil Rosa (1940-2020), better known simply as Zé Gentil, a Brazilian politician and businessman from the state of Maranhão


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Alphonse Gentil. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Louis Gentil. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gentil/Louis/France.html


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