The ancient surname of Gabrys 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 Gabrys family
The surname Gabrys 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
Early History of the Gabrys family
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Gabrys Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Gabrys is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Gabriaut, Gabriau, Gabriault, Gabriel, Gabriele, Gabriell, Gabrielle, Gabrel, Gabrelle, Le Gabriel and many more.
Early Notables of the Gabrys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gabrys family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. 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. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Gabrys. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gabrys 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.
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