The distinguished surname Gabriela 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 Gabriela came from the Hebrew personal name
Gabriel which means God has given me strength.
Early Origins of the Gabriela family
The surname Gabriela 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.
Gabriela Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Gabriela include Gabrieli, Gabriella, Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabrielli, Gabbrieli, Gabbrielli, Gavrili, Gravili, Gabrielini and many more.
Early Notables of the Gabriela 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 Gabriela Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gabriela family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gabriela were
Gabriela Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michalotte Gabriela, who landed in Arkansas in 1890 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)