Bible History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Bible is derived from a nickname, which itself is derived from the Latin verb "bibere," which meant to drink. The original bearer of the name was a member of the von Hahn family, but he was so fond of his cups that his name was changed to Bibow. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Bible family

The surname Bible was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles record the founding of this name as follows: The progenitor of the family was of the von Hahn family, but due to the great pleasure he derived from drinking his name was changed to Bibow, a name derived from the Latin word "bibere" meaning to drink. His relatives liked the name so much that they established a Coat of Arms which depicted a rooster sitting on a green cushion. This was a reference to von Hahn, who customarily sat on a green cushion. This coat of arms must have been established before 1390 because in this year Eggerd von Bibave was using a seal composed of a rooster sitting on a cushion. Other chronicles say the name derives from the family seat of Bibow in the district of Luebz in the duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, which the family acquired in 1242.

Important Dates for the Bible family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bible research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1774 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Bible History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bible Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bibbow, Bibo, Bibbo, Biboe, Bibboe, Bible, Bibble and others.

Early Notables of the Bible family (pre 1700)

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Bible migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bible Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Bible, who arrived in New England in 1653 [1]
Bible Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Bible, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]

Bible 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:

Bible Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary A. Bible, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Bible (post 1700)

  • Francis Bible Schulte (1926-2015), American prelate, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia from 1985 to 1988

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Citations

  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)
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