This surname of GISLER is the Anericanized form of the Danish name GISLEBERTUS. The name is also spelt GISLEBERTUS, GISSELER, GESSLER, GISSEL and GEZELLE. The name was also a Norman personal name GISLEBERT. This given name enjoyed considerable popularity in England in the Middle Ages, partly as a result of the fame of St. Gilbert of Sempringham (1085-1189) the founder of the only native monastic order. This at one time had over twenty houses, but became extinct on the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. GISLEBERTUS (early in the 12th century) was the French sculptor, probably trained in the workshop associated with the Abbey of Cluny. He developed an original and powerfully expressive style. His best known sculptures are those around the west doorway and on the capitals of columns at the Cathedral of St. Lazerus, Autun. (circa.1125-35). A notable member of the name was Guido GEZELLE (1830-99) the Belgium Romantic and mystical poet, whose most famous works 'Garland of Time' (1893) and 'String of Rhyme' (1897), collections of lyrical poems in the western Flemish dialect, paved the way for a Flemish poetic renaissance. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from which line each is descended.
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