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The ancient surname of Gabriel is from the Normandy region of France. This surname came from the given name Gavriel, which means God has given me strength.


The surname Gabriel was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the department of Calvados in the region of Caen, where they were a distinguished family of great nobility. The family name was originally spelled Gabriaut. In the same early period, about the 11th and 12th century, they branched to Brittany and Poitou.

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Gabriel, some of which include Gabriaut, Gabriau, Gabriault, Gabriel, Gabriele, Gabriell, Gabrielle, Gabrel, Gabrelle, Le Gabriel and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gabriel research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1698 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Gabriel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gabriel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Gabriel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gabriel were

Gabriel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Gabriel, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Gabriel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antoine Gabriel, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Benjn Rodrigues Gabriel, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Charles Gabriel settled in Louisiana in 1752
  • Henrich Burchard Gabriel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Joh Carl Gabriel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Gabriel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Gabriel settled in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Marie in the same year
  • Don Gabriel, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Juan Gabriel, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Francisco Gabriel, aged 4, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Florence Gabriel, aged 10, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836

Gabriel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Suzanne Gabriel, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Gabriel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andre Gabriel settled in Codroy and Rivers, Newfoundland in 1871
  • Ferdinand and Frederick Gabriel settled in Quebec in 1873


  • Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. (b. 1940), former American football player
  • Pierre Gabriel (1933-2015), French mathematician
  • Claude Gabriel de Choisy, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Ange-Jacques Gabriel (1698-1782), the most prominent French architect of his generation
  • Tony Gabriel (b. 1948), former professional Canadian football pass receiver
  • Ana Gabriel (b. 1955), Mexican singer and composer
  • Juan Gabriel (b. 1950), Mexican singer and songwriter
  • Petr Gabriel (b. 1973), Czech former football player
  • Germán Antonio Gabriel (b. 1980), Spanish professional basketball player
  • James Gabriel (b. 1940), Scottish former football midfielder



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The Gabriel Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Gabriel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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