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

Tibbey is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old French personal name Theobald, which comes from the Germanic name Theudebald. It probably came to England in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066, when King William actively encouraged immigration of skilled craftsmen and administrators from the continent. Theobald means "people bold" and was a common continental name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. This particular patronym is derived from a diminutive of the name Theobald; a common diminutive of Theobald was Tib, Tib-et is a double diminutive (a diminutive of a diminutive) of the name.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Tibbey has undergone many spelling variations, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.

First found in Northampton where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tibbey research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tibbey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tibbey were among those contributors:

Tibbey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Tibbey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

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