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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Gibb family come from? What is the Scottish Gibb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gibb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gibb family history?

The saga of the Gibb family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Gibb name is derived from Gibb, which is a pet form of the personal name Gilbert. This name is derived from the Old English forenames Gislberht and Gislbeorht, which mean bright hostage.

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Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Gibb has appeared Gibb, Gibbe, Gibbs, Gibbes and others.

First found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibb research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1585, 1622, 1689, 1654, 1656 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gibb History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gibb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gibb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Gibb:

Gibb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Gibb, who joined the "Gardiners," who bought Long Island from the native North Americans in 1655
  • James Gibb, who came to Maryland in 1674
  • John Gibb, who arrived in East New Jersey in 1685

Gibb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Gibb, who came to Maryland in 1730

Gibb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Gibb, who landed in America in 1801
  • John Gibb, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • David Gibb, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Andrew Gibb, who landed in Mississippi in 1844

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  • Sir Andrew Dewar Gibb (1888-1974), Scottish jurist probably best known for his position as chairman of the Scottish National Party (1936-40)
  • Sir Alexander Gibb (1872-1958), Scottish civil engineer, fifth generation in a line of civil engineers begun by his great-great-grandfather William (1736-91)
  • Barry Gibb CBE (b. 1946), one of the English born brothers who made up the singing group "the BeeGees," as well as their brother Andrew Roy Gibb (1958-1988), English born, Australian singer
  • Robin Hugh Gibb CBE (1950-2012), English-born, Australian brother who made up the singing group "the BeeGees"
  • Maurice Ermnest Gibb CBE (1950-2003), English-born, Australian brother who made up the singing group "the BeeGees"
  • Andrew Roy Gibb (1958-1988), English born, Australian singer, one of the "the BeeGees"
  • Sir Frank Gibb (1928-2013), British construction executive, CEO and Chairman of Taylor Woodrow


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.

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The Gibb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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