These webpages present the history of the Gimbrere Family.

We have discovered that, most likely, all the Gimbreres in the world are descendants of Jean François Gimbrere, who lived from 1814 – 1878. Born in Antwerp (In those years successively French,  Dutch and Belgian territory!), he moved to Tilburg in 1839.

We have gone through many notary’s acts, church books and other documents and could make the following reconstruction:

All Gimbreres originate from a small area in the Gers Department of Southern France. The meaning of the name Gimbrere is: area where the juniper (gimbre, in the local gascon language) grows. We found the name for the first time in 1293. Some of the Gimbreres lived in those days in a manor near the village of Jegun, until the end of the 15th century. The location still carries the name La Gimbrère!

Documentation from those years is scarce, which makes it impossible to build our family tree before 1600. In later years more, but not all, connections between the Gimbreres have been established. But we could trace the ancestors of Jean François as far back as the year 1600.

Although they left their manor, the Gimbreres enjoyed a good life in the 17th and 18th centuries. They had properties to lease out and many worked as surgeons and were active in the local administration.

Whereas in France the name Gimbrere became gradually extinct in the course of the 19th and 20th century, in the Netherlands the family flourished. Nowadays probably ca. 200 Gimbreres live in our country. Furthermore, in the 20th century several have emigrated from the Netherlands to England, the USA, Australia and back to Belgium and France.

Even though this website is written in Dutch, the key information in the Database will be understood by English-speaking readers. You may also enjoy the pictures and grasp their meaning in our history.

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