Gimlan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Gimlan is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as gamall, which was the Old Norman word for old.
Gameline (d. 1271), was Lord-Chancellor of Scotland and Bishop of St. Andrews, "one of the ‘Clerici Regis Alexandri II’ and archdeacon of St. Andrews. He was made Lord-Chancellor in 1250, and in 1254 was appointed one of the chaplains of Pope Innocent IV." 
Early Origins of the Gimlan family
The surname Gimlan was first found in Somerset, where an Odo filius Gamelin was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.  They have also been found in Huntingdonshire and Oxfordshire since early times.
Early History of the Gimlan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gimlan research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1086, 1379, 1625, 1666, 1737, 1271, 1255 and 1271 are included under the topic Early Gimlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gimlan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gimlan were recorded, including Gamelin, Gamelyn, Gamlyn, Gimlin, Gamlin, Gamblin, Gambling, Gambeling and many more.
Early Notables of the Gimlan family (pre 1700)
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gimlan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gimlan family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gimlan family emigrate to North America: Elizabeth, Mary and Robert Gamlin, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1632; Josias Gambling to Virginia in 1636; and William Gambling to Philadelphia in 1846..
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)