Show ContentsBibbington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Bibbington dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the Wirral Peninsula where they were from Bebington, near Birkenhead. Bebbe comes from the Anglo-Saxon babbe, which means protector. [1]

Early Origins of the Bibbington family

The surname Bibbington was first found in Cheshire at Bebington, a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall. "The manor of Higher Bebington was held for several generations by the family of Bebington, the elder branch of which became extinct in the reign of Richard II.: a younger branch settled at Nantwich. Richard Bebington, of this family, had six sons and a brother slain at the battle of Flodden Field. The manor passed with the heiress of the elder branch to the Minshulls." [2]

By the 14th century, early rolls point to the widespread use of the name is a variety of early spellings including: Adam de Bebyngton in Cambridgeshire; Hugh Bebynton in London in 1403; and Peter Bebynton in Cheshire in 1492. [3]

"The Bebbingtons derived their name from a Cheshire parish. The ancient family of De Bebington held the manor of that name for several generations up to the time of Richard II.; a younger branch settled at Nantwich, and one of its members lost six sons on the field of Flodden in 1513. The Bebbingtons have still their principal home in the Nantwich district, where they are numerously represented." [4]

Early History of the Bibbington family

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Bibbington Spelling Variations

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 Bibbington have been found, including Bebbington, Bebington, Bebbinton, Bebinton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bibbington family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bibbington family

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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bibbington, or a variant listed above: Anne Bevington who settled in Virginia in 1660; Francis Bevington landed in America in 1772; Thomas Bevinton settled in Virginia in 1650.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. on Facebook