The distinguished surname Gabbrieli can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Gabbrieli came from the Hebrew personal name
Gabriel which means God has given me strength.
Early Origins of the Gabbrieli family
The surname Gabbrieli was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records are found in 1201 when Cambio Gabrielli was in the government in Bologna.
Gabbrieli Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Gabbrieli. These spelling variations
include Gabrieli, Gabriella, Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabrielli, Gabbrieli, Gabbrielli, Gavrili, Gravili, Gabrielini and many more.
Early Notables of the Gabbrieli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Trifone Gabriele, a humanist in Venice
during the late 15th century who was called the Socrates of his age. Nicol Gabrielli was a Count, lawyer, and Knight of Saint Stefano; Sebastiano Gabrielli of the same family was Knight of Saint Michele and Count of... Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gabbrieli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gabbrieli family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Gabbrieli: Guiseppi Gambrelli, aged 17, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Yossombrone, Italy, in 1913; Eressini Gabello, aged 39, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Lusiquano, in 1901.