Last name: Gamble

This surname of English origin is derived from the Old Norse Viking pre 7th Century byname Gamall meaning "old". The personal name Gamel is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include Adam Gamel (1260) "Assize Rolls of Yorkshire", and Jordan Gambel (1297) "The Ministers Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Gambell, Gamell and Gammil, and the Scottish forms Gemmell and Gemmill, while the patronymic form is Gambles. One, John Gambell married Margery on November 27th 1545 at Christ Church Greyfriars, Newgate, London. Mary, daughter of Thomas Gambolle, was christened at St. Michael, Bassishaw, London on March 3rd 1594. James Gamble married Elizabeth Leech at St. Dunstan, Stepney on August, 10th 1607. John Gamble (died 1687) a musician in Chapel Royal and composer, published many works. Robert Gamble, aged 34, a famine emigrant, sailed aboard the Ohio from Liverpool to New York on October 1st 1846, together with his wife Jane (34) sons William (10), James (6), Hugh (4) and daughters Margarett (8) and Isabell (2). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Gamel, which was dated 1202, in the "Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jack Gamble
Greetings fellow Gambles from Alice,Texas! :)

James Edward Gamble III
Hello fellow Gamble's I live in southern Mississippi where quite a few Gamble's call home

James William Gamble
Hi, another fellow Gamble from Leicester, Midlands, England. I know of about 4 or 5 other Gamble families in the area too, and none of us are related in any way!

Linda Rae Gamble-Shabazz
Hello to all of you, I was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan along with 2-brothers (Herbert Lee Gamble Jr., Albert Aaron Gamble) and 1-sister (Margaret Magdalene Gamble-Booker. I am the oldest at age 58. Our father Herbert Lee Gamble Sr. (1925-1995), was 2nd. oldest of 7 children. His father's name was Albert Gamble (it is believed he was Indian) and they were all from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. My father and one sister named Sue Anna grew up on the Indian reservation separate from the other sisters and brothers. My father left Miss. at age 16 and did 2-terms in the United States Army during WWII where he met my mother (a nurse in the Army), they lived in Mich. after the war. We know very little history after this because during the 1925's for Blacks or Indian there were no records of births, deaths or marriage licenses kept. History has stated that Indians owned slaves but how did Gamble come in to this? I can't get a start! (I am Bi-Racial) (father-Black,Indian)

Kathryn (Stephens) Prymmer
My GG-Grandfather was William Henry Gamble, immigrated from Ireland to NY prox. 1872 (still trying to trace him back to Ireland), married Mary Ann Davis prox. 1874. Check out (I've got my tree on there) - you can sign up for a free family tree (including pix), or pay a bit and get expanded. I've found lots of folkson the site who share some of my family tree. is another great (free) search site.

Angus Gamble
Hi I'm from austraila an I am trying to find out if we have a tartan.

Jackie Gamble, my gandparents were from County Down in N Ireland. I was told by another Gamble that she traced her family back to the Cambells of Scotland.
George Gamble, my Grandparents were from N Ireland.

robert gamble
Hello i am african american from Kansas trying to trace the Gamble name.

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The Gamble family crest came into existance many centuries ago.

jacob gamble
A hello to all the gamble's

Cheyanne Gamble
Hi! My grandfather's name is George Gamble. He was born and raised in Tampa Bay, Florida. His mother was African American, but his father Sampson Gamble was believed to be of mixed decent or Native American because of his incredibly fair skin and straight black hair. I would love to trace the lineage of our last name.

G'day, from Australia, Hoping any gambles are connected with Broadstock, Weston, Brown, Schell, Nevill, Seward, Taylor, Currie, Glynn, Hilder, McLean and maybe McPhee, That's it for now, hoping someone connects...

Hi from Down Under in Australia. I've researched some of my family tree from Durham County, England. I have relatives that emigrated from Ireland also. Would love to exchange information with anyone interested

Caleb Gamble

Weird. Says my last name is English. Even though I'm Scottish and Welsh. No English in me

Vivienne Susan Dale Gamble

My Gt. Grandfather was John William Gamble, Born in Antrim Ireland 1824. My Grandfather was Fredrick William Gamble born 1860 in Herne Bay, Kent. My Father was Ernest McReady Gamble, born Colombo, Ceylon, 1894. If this relates to any other Gambles, please let me know.

sheila gamble

The Gambles in N. Ireland came from Ayreshire, Scotland in the Covenanter Wars 15thC. They changed their name from the Stuart Clan, Campbell/Montgomery/Gemmel, During the great famine, many emigrated to north America, others, were sent to the penal colonies, Australia, a Mary Gamble, just a child. I'm from Norfolk/Suffolk/Bermuda. Are there any Gambles with RhNegative Blood? Let me know. Thanks.

Donald Smith

The name Gamble, my maternal grandmother's maiden name, originally was Campbell when the family came from County Antrim in the early 18th century.

Nancy Cackler
My 4th great grandfather was George Harrison Gamble. He was a corn miller and lived in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, England. My 2nd great grandfather, George Gamble Levers lived in the 2nd house on his grandfather's property. George Gamble Levers emigrated to Canada and then crossed the border to the U.S.. He left a wife and 3 young girls in England. They never came, so he married again and had my great-grandfather Arthur Scott Levers. George died in Chicago 1922. My tree is on Ancestry.

Beth Gamble
My grandfather was Forrest Gamble from England they moved to new Brighton pa. Sister Margaret and brother Mason. Any one know these names?

Ronald Gamble
Son of George Henry Gamble who immigrated to Canada with his parents, Arthur Gamble and Annie Dawkins. They were from Leicester, England. His brother Arthur Gamble came with them. I don't know if his sister Lillian Gamble was born in Canada or came with them also.

Catherine Jane Gamble
My father's name was Raymond Earnest Gamble he was born in Carson, Ms. in Jefferson Davis Co in 1912. His father's name was Nolan G. Gamble. Nolan was part Choctaw Indian. I have not been able to find any information on his father. Nolan was married to Ada Boyce.

Catherine Jane Gamble
Linda, I would love to be able to talk with you, but I broke my phone yesterday. I want to tell you to read the book, "The Free State of Jones" by Victoria E. Bynum. It is a documentary of the happenings in Jones Co. Ms. Which is where my grandfather lived. If you look for Rachel Hughes on facebook you will find me, but I don't know how to use it. I'll try to figure it out the next time my son comes to visit. Us old folk aren't so tech savvy.

Catherine Jane Gamble
I ran across something that might interest you. I am 77 yrs old and don't have the knowledge or wherewithall to research too much but I ran across a small entery on the 1900 census that listed my grandfather (nolan gamble) it said that his parents were J.T. Gamble and Lulu Gamble.

Catherine Jane Gamble
Linda, It's me again. I stumbled across some more information. My great great grandparents were not slave owner , but they had relatives that were. The relatives were from Limstone, co Alabama and the heads of the family were named John H. Gamble and R.C. Gamble and every other person in the county was named Gamble. Any slaves they owned would be named Gamble and you might be able to find some connection in the Slave regestry. There are a lot of those now days to help black people trace their ancestry.

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