Show ContentsAllibone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Allibone was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Allibone family lived in Normandy where it was derived from the ancient English given name Albin, meaning white.

Early Origins of the Allibone family

The surname Allibone was first found in St. Taurin, Evreux, Normandy, in the year 980, as St. Aubyn. This distinguished name arrived with the Conqueror through Sir John Aubyn, and settled in Barnstaple in Devon, where he became a patron of Barnstable Abbey. The family were granted many estates and they were recorded under the name Alban in the Domesday Book.

Early History of the Allibone family

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Allibone Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Albone, Allibone, Hallibone, Albin, Allbahn, Alibone, Allbones, Allbone, Alban, Aubyn, Aubyn, Aubin, Auban, Ellibone, Elbin, Ellban, Ellbone and many more.

Early Notables of the Allibone family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Allibond (1597-1658), Master of Magdalen College School; Peter Allibond (1560-1629), an English translator of theological treatises from the French and Latin; Henry Albin (1624-1696), an English minister from Batcombe, Somerset who was...
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United States Allibone migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Allibone or a variant listed above:

Allibone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Allibone, who landed in America in 1776 [1]
Allibone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Allibone who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813

Australia Allibone migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Allibone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Allibone, (b. 1816), aged 32, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [2]

New Zealand Allibone migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Allibone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Susan E. Allibone, aged 38, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Amos Allibone, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

Contemporary Notables of the name Allibone (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Austin Allibone (1816-1889), American bibliographer
  • Thomas Edward Allibone, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Sheffield, where his work in nuclear physics has received wide acclaim
  • Thomas Allibone Janvier (1849-1913), American story-writer and historian

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook