Gimble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Gimble is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Gimble came from the given name Gamel, which was common among the Danes and the Normans. The name Gimble was ultimately derived from the Old Norman word Gamall, which means old.
Another source notes: "this surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Gamel,' a once popular but now forgotten North-English personal name. It is compounded with many local names. The modern accepted surname form is Gamble and Gambles." 
Early Origins of the Gimble family
The surname Gimble was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Gamel is listed and in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. "In the latter ' Fitz Gamell' is also found. From the Anglo-Saxon gamol or gamel, old, aged. It is compounded with some Domesday names, as Gamel-bar, ' old bear' - Gamel-carle, 'old male,' - both in Yorkshire." 
Early History of the Gimble family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gimble research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1297, 1450, 1687, 1666, 1865, 1618, 1629, 1640, 1659, 1663, 1670 and are included under the topic Early Gimble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gimble Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gimble are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gimble include Gamble, Gambel, Gambol and others.
Early Notables of the Gimble family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gamble (died 1687), composer and musician in the court of King Charles I of England and King Charles II of...
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Migration of the Gimble family to Ireland
Some of the Gimble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gimble family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gimble, or a variant listed above: Gideon Gamble who settled in Delaware in 1681; Grisel Gamble settled in East New Jersey in 1686; James Gamble settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gimble (post 1700) +
- John Paul "Johnny" Gimble (1926-2015), American Grammy Award nominated country musician fiddler; he won five Best Instrumentalist awards from the Country Music Awards and nine Best Fiddle Player awards
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.