The name Gabrilowitz is derived from a patronymic meaning "Son
of Gabriel." So, presumably there was an ancestor of Pheitl's
named Gabriel, and his male descendants adopted his forename as a
is almost an innumerable variety of spellings of the name. Below
is list of nearly 60 different variations of the name for which
records exist (according to the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index
GABRIALOVICH, GABRIELEVICH, GABRIELEWICZ
GABRIELEWITZ, GABRIELIEVICH, GABRIELIOVICH
GABRIELOVICH, GABRIELOVITZ, GABRIELOWICZ
GABRIELOWITZ, GABRIELYOVICH, GABRILEVICH
GABRILIAWITZ, GABRILIOVICH, GABRILOVICH
GABRILOVICZ, GABRILOVITCH, GABRILOVITZ
GABRILOWICZ, GABRILOWITCH, GABRILOWITSCH
GABRILOWITZ, GABRIOLOVICH, GABRIOLOWITCH
GABROLEVICH, GABRYELEWICZ, GABRYELIOWICZ
GABRYELOWICZ, GABRYJELEWICZ, GABRYJELOWICZ
GABRYLEWICZ, GABRYLOWICZ, GAVRIELOVICH
GAVRIELOWITZ, GAVRILEVICH, GAVRILEVITCH
GAVRILOVIC, GAVRILOVICH, GAVRILOVITZ
GAVRILOWITCH, GAVRILOWITZ, GAWRALOWICZ
GAWRILIOWICZ, GAWRILOWICZ, GAWRILOWITZ
GAWRYELOWICZ, GAWRYLEWICZ, GAWRYLOWICZ
GEBRIELOWITZ, GEBRILOWICZ, GHABRILOVITSH
GHABRIYELOVITSH, GOBRIOLOVICH, GOVRILOVICH
various members of the family also altered the name to better fit
new cultures which they entered.
of the name include:
ALL GABRILOWITZS RELATED?
obviously answer is most likely not ALL Gabrilowitzs are related.
I have researched my Gabrilowitz family as well as ALL INSTANCES
of the name appearing in domestic and international telephone directories,
online directories, genealogical directories, various books on Jewish/
Russian history, etc., and amazingly, I have found probably less
than 350 occurrences of the name (in all its variations) across
all of those resources. And that includes about two centuries of
recently performed genetic test did NOT show a match between the
descendants of Pheitl Gabrilowitz and the family of Ossip Gabrilwitsch.
Therefore we have genetic evidence that at least two Jewish Gabrilovich
families adopted the surname in the Western provinces of the Russian
The earliest ancestor in my branch of the family, Pheitl Gabrilowitz
has hundreds of descendants. Thus making the case, that just one
or two early 19th century ancestors can make for a lot of Gabrilovichs.
I do see that there are folks with the name who appear not to be
Jewish. These "Gabrilowitzs" typically use the Polish-style
variation Gabrylewicz or Gabrilowicz. There are also many Serbians
with a variation of the name, typically with a V as the second consonant,
such as Gavrilovich, who certainly appear to be non-Jews.
My speculation is that there are between 2-4 distinct Jewish Gabrilovich
families accounting for the large majority of people who carry the
of North Eastern Europe in 1700. The Gabrilovich, -witz name
is found mostly in Lithuania and Belarus. Before 1795, Belarus
(where Pheitl Gabrilowitz lived) was part of Lithuania.
of North Eastern Europe in 1800. The Russian Empire and Prussia
have gobbled up Lithuania. Poland no longer exists. And Belarus
is a Western province of the Empire.
showing Poland as a re-established sovereign entity between
1921-1939. The Novogrudok region of Belarus (home to many
Gabrilowitzs) became part of Poland during this time period.