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Where did the Italian Gambrell family come from? What is the Italian Gambrell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gambrell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gambrell family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gabrelli, Gabreli, Gabriele, Gabrieli, Gabrielli, Gabrielini, Gabriellini, Gabbello, Gabello, Gabriel, Gabriele, Gambrielli and many more.

First found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. Tisso was tried there in 1564 for writing satirical poems. Bologna naturally, is famous for its sausages. But many noted scholars were born there. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gambrell research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1350, 1722, 1593, 1604 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gambrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gambrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gambrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Percy Gambrell, aged 21, who emigrated to America from England, in 1904

Gambrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gambrell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839


  • Billy Gambrell (b. 1941), former American football wide receiver in the National Football League
  • Dorothy Gambrell, American cartoonist who writes and draws the online comic strip Cat and Girl
  • Marilyn Gambrell, American parole officer turned teacher who started the program No More Victims
  • David H. Gambrell (1929-1971), Georgia attorney who represented his state in the United States Senate from 1971 through 1972


  • A Gambrell Album by Esther Gambrell Deviney.

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  2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Gambrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gambrell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 June 2015 at 19:54.

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