Gabriele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gabriele family

The surname Gabriele 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.

Important Dates for the Gabriele family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gabriele research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1698 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Gabriele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gabriele Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Gabriele, including Gabriaut, Gabriau, Gabriault, Gabriel, Gabriele, Gabriell, Gabrielle, Gabrel, Gabrelle, Le Gabriel and many more.

Early Notables of the Gabriele family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Gabriele Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gabriele family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Gabriele has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gabriele were Thomas Gabriell who arrived in Trinity Harbour in Newfoundland in 1675; and settled in Heart's Content in 1681; Andre Gabriel settled in Codroy and Rivers in 1871.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gabriele (post 1700)

  • Albert "Al" Gabriele, American comic book artist during the 1940s, known for his work on early Captain America and Sub-Mariner stories
  • Teresa Gabriele (b. 1979), Canadian professional basketball player who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Eva Gabriele Reichmann (1897-1998), German Jewish historian and sociologist
  • Gabriele "Gabry" Ponte (b. 1973), Italian DJ, remixer, record producer, and radio personality from Turin, Italy
  • Gabriele Cattani, Italian astronomer who has co-discovered 18 numbered asteroids together with astronomer Luciano Tesi at the Pistoia Mountains Astronomical Observatory
  • Gabriele Torelli (1849-1931), Italian mathematician
  • Gabriele Rossetti (b. 1995), Italian gold medalist shooter at the 2016 Summer Olympics, son of Olympic medalist Bruno Mario Rossetti
  • Gabriele Paoletti (b. 1978), Italian footballer
  • Gabriele Amorth SSP (1925-2016), Italian Roman Catholic priest who claimed to have performed tens of thousands of exorcisms
  • Gabriele Sima (1955-2016), Austrian opera singer
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