This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called "Gedling" near the town of Nottingham in Nottinghamshire. The place is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Ghellinge", and in the Nothinghamshire Pipe Rolls of 1187 as "Geddlinges; and the meaning of the name is the place of Gedel's or Gedla's people", derived from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name Gedel or Gedla, diminutive forms of "Goda", a byname meaning "the good", with the Old English suffix "ingas" indicating "the people, kin of". The surname development (in London) includes Elizabeth Gidling (1652), Richard Gidlen (1655), and Margery Gadling (1693). The marriage of Joseph Gedling and sarah Carter was recorded at Nottinghamshire on November 6th, 1697. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Gedling, which was dated 1273, The Nottinghamshire Hundred Rolls, during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1273 - 1307. 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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