The noble French surname Rabelais is of occupational
origin, and is derived from the trade or profession pursued by the original bearer of the name. In this instance, the surname Rabelais was applied to one who was engaged in the restoration and reconstruction of buildings and any other repair work, so called from the French "rabelir, abellir" meaning "repairer."
Early Origins of the Rabelais family
The surname Rabelais was first found in the region of Brittany
, in the north of France, where the family held lands and estates for centuries.
Early History of the Rabelais family
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Rabelais Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rabelais, Raballet, Rabelat, Rabelot, Rablat, Rabellaux, Rabeil, Rabelin, Rabel, Rabalais and many more.
Early Notables of the Rabelais family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rabelais family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Rabel who arrived in New York City in 1709; Jean Raballet who arrived in Canada in 1714; Jacob Rabel who settled in Louisiana in 1732 and Christine Rabel who settled in New York City in 1868..