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Where did the Scottish Gibbson family come from? What is the Scottish Gibbson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gibbson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gibbson family history?The ancestors of the Gibbson family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the given name Gibb, which is a diminutive form of the name Gilbert. 
Historical recordings of the name Gibbson include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson and many more.
First found in Galloway, where they held a family seat from very early times. Descended from a chieftain, Gilbert, probably Gilbert, Lord of Galloway, the Gibsons settled first at Lennox in Scotland, and in those early times was a formidable force to be encountered. The first official mention was when John Gibson surrendered the Castle of Rothesay in 1335. A few years later, Thomas Gibbeson was charged with breaking parole in 1358; and John Gybbessone was listed as a servitor of William Douglas when he was held hostage by Henry Vi in 1425.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibbson research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Gibbson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gibbson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gibbson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gibbson or a variant listed above:
Gibbson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Gibbson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Recte et fideliter
Motto Translation: Just and faithful.
The Gibbson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibbson 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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