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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gintl, Gintel, Gentel, Gentil, Gentle, Gentile, Gentili and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Ginntl was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gentile research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1519, 1720, 1777, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Gentile History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gentile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Marido Gentile, aged 29, landed in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • Nicodemo Gentile, who arrived in America in 1889
  • Agostino Gentile, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Michele Gentile, who settled in New York, NY in 1899

Gentile Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Agostino Gentile, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Campobello, Sicily, in 1910
  • Amillo Gentile, aged 16, who landed in America from Ageroli, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Gentile, aged 18, who settled in America from Gagliano, Sicily, in 1910
  • Alfio Gentile, aged 18, who landed in America from S. Fratello, Sicily, in 1912
  • Achille Gentile, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Campotant, Italy, in 1912


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  • James Edward Gentile (b. 1934), American former Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Major Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (1920-1951), American World War II fighter ace credited with over 26 victories
  • Vincent Jacques-Etienne Avogari de Gentile, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Claudio Gentile (b. 1953), Italian football coach and former defender who appeared for Italy in two World Cup tournaments
  • Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), Italian philosopher
  • Edera Gentile (1920-1993), Italian Olympic athlete in the Discus


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  2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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  6. 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).
  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Gentile Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gentile 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 11 February 2015 at 14:11.

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