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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Swiss German (also Gäbler), Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name for a maker of forks, from an agent derivative of Middle High German gabel(e), German Gabel ‘fork’.
  • habitational name for someone from a place called Gabel in German, Jablone in Czech (see Gabel 3).
  • English : occupational name for a tax collector or usurer, Old French gabelier, gableor, a derivative of gable ‘tax’, ‘revenue’, of Germanic origin.

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