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The surname Gable was first found in Silesia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gabel, Gabbel, Gabler, Gabbell, Gabele, Gabels and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gable research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1416, 1420, 1735, 1715, 1617, 1673 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Gable History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gable Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gable Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Gable, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Gable Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Gable, aged 67, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Peter Gable, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • John Peter Gable, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Gable Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Gable, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832

Gable Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Gable, who landed in Canada in 1831

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  • Carl "C. J." Gable (b. 1987), American NFL football running back for the Denver Broncos
  • June Gable (b. 1945), Tony award-nominated American actress
  • Jeremy Gable (b. 1982), American playwright
  • William Clark Gable (1901-1960), American film actor, best known for his role as Rhett Butler the epic film Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Brian Gable (b. 1949), Canadian editorial cartoonist for The Globe and Mail, and won National Newspaper Awards in 1986, 1995, 2001 and 2005
  • Christopher Gable CBE (1940-1998), English ballet dancer, choreographer, and actor named a Commander of the British Empire in 1996


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  • Mayflower to the Moon: Herveys & Gables by Donald G. Hervey.
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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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