Gubtail to Guptill

The first Guptills who landed in America were named Gubtail. By 1830 (US Census) and 1851 (Grand Manan Island, Canada, census), some branches had been spelling it as “Guptill”. In 1852 Hilliard M. Sowle, Town Clerk of Gouldsboro, ME, changed the spelling of the name from “Gubtail” to “Guptill” in the town records and it was accepted as the family spelling.

Some branches retained the name “Gubtail”, and one Edward Gubtail died in Louisiana in August 1974. There are modern branches that use the form “Guptil”, “Gubtil”, “Guptail”, “Guptell”, “Gupthill” etc. However, the majority has adopted “Guptill”.

When looking up private family trees, it causes confusion when Gubtails from the pre-1830 days have been renamed as Guptill.


James Guptill June 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

One of The Grand Manan clan

william June 5, 2012 at 11:18 am

My Grandfather was a Guptill, he was born on Gran Manan Island, I have tried with very little success in finding relatives in his family. His full name was Donald Royce Guptill. Any help?

Ash June 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I am not sure how many Guptills come by this site, but you should visit the Guptill group on Facebook:

Jennifer July 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

My father was a Guptill and the farthest that I have seen my line go back was to Thomas Guptill (guessing Gubtail) who was married to Mary Abbot and then next down the line is Nathaniel who was married to Mary Isselton from what I can tell. I just started and the website that I am on took me all the way back to Thomas.

Ash August 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi Jennifer, You might want to check out the Facebook group What’s a Guptill where you can chat with a few other cousins.

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