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Gabriellini History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Gabriellini 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 Gabriellini came from the Hebrew personal name Gabriel which means God has given me strength.

Early Origins of the Gabriellini family

The surname Gabriellini 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.

Gabriellini 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 Gabriellini include Gabrieli, Gabriella, Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabrielli, Gabbrieli, Gabbrielli, Gavrili, Gravili, Gabrielini and many more.

Early Notables of the Gabriellini 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...
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Migration of the Gabriellini family to the New World and Oceana

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gabriellini were 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.

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