Gell Family History
Gell Name Meaning
English (northern): from Middle English Gelle a pet form of the personal name Gerard. Gerard in Middle English was indistinguishable from Gerald of which Gelle was a syncopated form. English: occasionally a variant of Gill from a pet form of the personal name Jelion or Gillian. These are Middle English versions of Julian found mainly as a female name occasionally as a male name. Manx: variant of Gill a shortened form of Gaelic Mac Gille meaning ‘son of the lad (i.e. servant)’. German (mainly Bavaria): nickname for someone with fair hair from Bavarian German gêl ‘yellow’ (see Gelb ). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for a man with red hair from Yiddish gel ‘red-headed’ (from Middle High German gel ‘yellow’).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022