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

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Gibson family. Their name comes from the given name Gibb, which is a diminutive form of the name Gilbert. [1]


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Gibson has been written as Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson and many more.

First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East 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.[1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibson research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1600, 1615, 1690, 1637, 1717, 1696, 1698, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Gibson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gibson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Gibson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gibson or a variant listed above:

Gibson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Frances Gibson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Christopher Gibson, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Ann Gibson who settled in New England in 1635
  • Jo Gibson, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Gibson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Amy Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Eliza Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Cha Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • Abel Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1746

Gibson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Fanny Gibson, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Edward Gibson, who arrived in America in 1804
  • John Gibson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Margaret Gibson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Alexander Gibson, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817


  • Henry Gibson (1935-2009), American actor and songwriter
  • James Jerome Gibson (1904-1979), American psychologist
  • Edward George Gibson (b. 1936), former NASA Astronaut with over 84 days in space
  • Orville Gibson (1856-1918), American mandolin and guitar maker, eponym of the Gibson guitar company
  • Mel Gibson AO (b. 1956), American-born actor, director and producer
  • Lois Gibson, American Forensic Artist recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Most Successful Forensic Artist"
  • Technician Fifth Grade Eric G Gibson (1919-1944), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson (b. 1946), former NASA Astronaut with over 36 days in space
  • Brigadier-General Herbert Daskum Gibson (1891-1980), American Commandant Replacement Training Center US Army Forces Pacific Ocean Areas (1944-1946)
  • Miss Dorothy Winifred Gibson, aged 22, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7



  • The Gibson and Related Families by Penny Linder.
  • Gibson, McCormick, Turner Genealogy by F. McCormick Moore.

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.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  11. ...

The Gibson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibson 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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