Language: Gabrielino was a Uto-Aztecan
language of Southern California closely related to Serrano.
Language loss has been especially
severe in California, where enslavement and violence against Indian peoples were not actively discouraged, and the
Gabrielino language has not been spoken since the 1940's, although some younger people hope to revive its use.
Names: "Gabrielino" and "Gabrieleño" are the old Spanish names for the tribe, deriving from the
Spanish placename San Gabriel Arcángel. "Tongva" was probably a Native placename or village name in the
same vicinity. The people's endonym (the name they originally called themselves)
may have been Kizh, a word in their own language meaning "home."