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Tibbetts is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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
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.
The surname Tibbetts was first found in Northampton
where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tibbetts have been found, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.
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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tibbetts, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Walter Tibbetts, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1651
- Jeremiah Tibbetts, who arrived in New England in 1656
- Henry Tibbetts, who arrived in New England in 1665
- Thomas Tibbetts, who landed in Maryland in 1675
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J Tibbetts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- A Tibbetts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Enoch Tibbetts, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from Cradley Heath, in 1892
- Mary Tibbetts, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
- R.M. Tibbetts, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1893
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lewis Tibbetts, aged 45, who emigrated to America from London, in 1900
- Hannah Tibbetts, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
- E. Rebe Tibbetts, aged 21, who landed in America from Ely, England, in 1904
- Elizabeth Tibbetts, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Ely, England, in 1904
- Henry Arthur Tibbetts, aged 20, who landed in America from Leicester, in 1905
Tibbetts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Solomon Tibbetts, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- Margaret Joy Tibbetts (1919-2010), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway from 1964 to 1969
- John C. Tibbetts (b. 1946), American film critic, historian, painter and pianist
- George W. Tibbetts (b. 1845), American merchant and hops farmer who was a well-known critic of Chinese labor being used in place of white labor ( c. 1885)
- Willard Lewis Tibbetts Jr. (1903-1992), American Olympic bronze medalist runner at the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Steve Tibbetts (b. 1954), American guitarist
- Billy Tibbetts (b. 1974), American NHL professional hockey player
- Darwin Kurt Tibbetts OBE (b. 1954), Caymanian politician, Leader of Government Business (2005 to 2009), Leader of the Opposition (2009 to 2011)
- Michael Tibbetts, Professor of Biology at Bard College
- Mary Tibbetts Dennison, 1877-1970, Her Genealogical Lines by Bertie Holmes Boodry.
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