Origins of the Gamble Surname

The surname of Gamble comes from ‘Gamall’, the Norse word for ‘old’.

Surnames such as Gambell, Gamell, Gammil, Gemmell, Gambles and Gambel are all likely to have evolved from the surname Gamble.

The word gamble in a betting sense is more likely from a different middle English word ‘gamenen’ which means to play or entertain.