Show ContentsGabaldon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Gabaldon family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Gabaldon comes from Gabriel or Cebrail, an archangel in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran. [1] [2] The name denotes "descendant of Gabriel (God is my strength)." [3] The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae records William Gabriel of Normandy in 1195. [4]

Early Origins of the Gabaldon family

The surname Gabaldon was first found in Sussex where the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 record Gabriel filius Reginaldi. Early rolls often listed this name as a forename as later the Subsidy Rolls of 1296 list Gabriele Spyg, again in Sussex. The same rolls go on to include Roger Gabyrel in the same year. In Suffolk, the Subsidy Rolls there include Nicholas Gabryel in 1327. [5]

Again as a forename, we found two entries in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Gabriel Attelond, Kent; and Gabel Brenn, Norfolk. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1370 had only one entry: Thomas Gabriell who held lands there at that time. [6]

Further north in Scotland, the name was mostly found in Aberdeenshire. "As a forename we have Gabriel Gymmill in Edinburgh, 1599. David Gabriel, a prominent citizen in Aberdeen, died in December, 1939. I have read somewhere that the family of Gabriel of Aberdeen is descended from a Gabriel Grant, but no such person appears in Sir William Fraser's Chiefs of Grant." [7]

Early History of the Gabaldon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gabaldon research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1273, 1273, 1455, 1487, 1825 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Gabaldon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gabaldon Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gabaldon include Gabriel, Gable, Gabell, Gaball, Gableson and many more.

Early Notables of the Gabaldon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Mary Ann Virginia Gabriel, born at Banstead, Surrey, Feb. 7, 1825, learned the piano from Pixis, Döhler, and Thalberg, and harmony and construction from Molique. Her principal work...
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Gabaldon Ranking

In the United States, the name Gabaldon is the 10,357th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

Migration of the Gabaldon family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gabaldon or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Gabaldon (post 1700) +

  • Diana Gabaldon (b. 1952), American author of works including the "Outlander" and "Lord John" series
  • Guy Louis Gabaldon (1926-2006), American Marine awarded the Navy Cross during WWII [9]
  • Martín Lares Gabaldón (b. 1907), Venezuelan medical doctor


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  9. ^ Guy Gabaldon. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Guy Gabaldon. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Gabaldon


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