The origins of the name Gikel are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal nameJukel or Gikel.
The surname Gikel referred to the son of Jukel
which belongs to the category of patronymic
surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
, which meant son
, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius
, which meant son
. By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Gikel family
The surname Gikel was first found in Hampshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Gikel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gikel research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1201, 1273, 1273, 1670, 1663, 1738, 1697, 1717, 1702, 1717 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Gikel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gikel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gikel has been spelled many different ways, including Jeckell, Jeckel, Jekyl, Jekyll, Jeckyll, Jeckyl, Jekylls, Jekel and many more.
Early Notables of the Gikel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gikel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gikels to arrive in North America: John Jeckyll, who sailed to New England
in 1733; George Jekel to Philadelphia in 1844; Peter Jeckel to America in 1853; Thomas Jaekle to New York in 1861.