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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gentle 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 Gentle is a nickname type of surname for a person of good manners and courteous nature derived from the Old French word "gentil."

Gentle Early Origins



The surname Gentle 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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Gentle Spelling Variations


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Gentle 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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Gentle Early History


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Gentle Early History



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

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Gentle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gentle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gentle 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:

Gentle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Gentle, who arrived in New York in 1777

Gentle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Gentle, who settled in America in 1801
  • George Adam Gentle, who came to Pennsylvania in 1802
  • William Gentle, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1803
  • Andrew Gentle, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Gentle, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gentle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Gentle, who came to Ontario in 1871

Gentle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gentle, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"
  • William Gentle, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • George Gentle, aged 6, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • James Gentle, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • Esther Gentle, aged 16, a straw plaiter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gentle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Gentle, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Peter Gentle arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gentle (post 1700)



  • Alice Gentle (1885-1958), American operatic mezzo-soprano
  • James Cuthbert Gentle (1904-1986), American Olympic bronze medalist soccer striker, member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Peter Gentle (b. 1965), Australian rugby league footballer of the 1980s
  • Johnny Gentle (b. 1936), stage name of John Askew, a British pop singer, best known for having briefly toured Scotland with the Silver Beetles - later known as The Beatles in 1960
  • Mary Rosalyn Gentle (b. 1956), British science fiction and fantasy author
  • Sir William Benjamin Gentle (1865-1948), English politician, High Sheriff of Norfolk, best known for fighting racecourse crime and was jointly responsible for promoting greyhound racing in the United Kingdom

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Gentle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gentle 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 1 March 2013 at 08:42.

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