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.
The family name Gimble was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. The surname Gimble was established by Norman landholders in the county of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Gimble family
The surname Gimble was first found in Yorkshire
where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gimble family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gimble research.Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1297, 1450, 1666, and 1687 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... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gimble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 152 words (11 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 to the New World and Oceana
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
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