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Early Origins of the Gebben family


The surname Gebben was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name comes from the German word "gabel," meaning "fork." It was a topographic name for someone who lived near a fork in a road or river, or the occupational name for a maker and seller of forks.The name was first recorded in West Flanders, a province in Belgium, originally Bruges. Within this province the notable towns are Bruges, the capital city, Ostend, Courtrai, Furnes, Thielt, Ypres and Roulers. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

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Early History of the Gebben family

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Early History of the Gebben family


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Gebben Spelling Variations

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Gebben Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gabber, Gaber, Gabbert, Gabert, Gabeln, Gabet, Gebel and many more.

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Early Notables of the Gebben family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Gebben family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gebben family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Gebben family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: those who arrived from the mid 17th century onward in the great migration from Europe to the New World.

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