Re: GAVEL info - Nova Scotia-Canada & USA
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I was looking around on ancestry.com and came across military records (WWI) that listed Latvia as a place of origin for many Gavels that lived in Yarmouth, NS.
My grandmother married Abijah Gavel and traced the roots back to a Swedish King honoring a Gavel in some way (I don't remember what).
Seems safe to say that Gavels hail from Prussia(Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Switzerland).