Show ContentsGabrielsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gabrielsen surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from Gabriel or Cebrail, an archangel in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran. [1] [2] The name denotes "descendant of Gabriel (God is my strength)." [3] The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae records William Gabriel of Normandy in 1195. [4]

Early Origins of the Gabrielsen family

The surname Gabrielsen was first found in Sussex where the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 record Gabriel filius Reginaldi. Early rolls often listed this name as a forename as later the Subsidy Rolls of 1296 list Gabriele Spyg, again in Sussex. The same rolls go on to include Roger Gabyrel in the same year. In Suffolk, the Subsidy Rolls there include Nicholas Gabryel in 1327. [5]

Again as a forename, we found two entries in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Gabriel Attelond, Kent; and Gabel Brenn, Norfolk. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1370 had only one entry: Thomas Gabriell who held lands there at that time. [6]

Further north in Scotland, the name was mostly found in Aberdeenshire. "As a forename we have Gabriel Gymmill in Edinburgh, 1599. David Gabriel, a prominent citizen in Aberdeen, died in December, 1939. I have read somewhere that the family of Gabriel of Aberdeen is descended from a Gabriel Grant, but no such person appears in Sir William Fraser's Chiefs of Grant." [7]

Early History of the Gabrielsen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gabrielsen research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1273, 1273, 1455, 1487, 1825 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Gabrielsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gabrielsen Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gabrielsen are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gabrielsen include: Gabriel, Gable, Gabell, Gaball, Gableson and many more.

Early Notables of the Gabrielsen family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Mary Ann Virginia Gabriel, born at Banstead, Surrey, Feb. 7, 1825, learned the piano from Pixis, Döhler, and Thalberg, and harmony and construction from Molique. Her principal work...
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Migration of the Gabrielsen family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gabrielsen or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Gabrielsen (post 1700) +

  • Hans-Christian Gabrielsen (1967-2021), Norwegian industrial worker, politician and trade unionist
  • Even Gabrielsen Wetten (b. 1982), Norwegian speed skater, World Champion on 1,000 metres in 2005


  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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