The surname Bibow 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 Bibow family
The surname Bibow 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.
Early History of the Bibow family
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Bibow Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bibbow, Bibo, Bibbo, Biboe, Bibboe, Bible, Bibble and others.
Early Notables of the Bibow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bibow family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bibow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frederike Bibow, aged 37, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1923
- Fritz Bibow, aged 27, who settled in America from Ronnebeck, Germany, in 1923
- Maria Bibow, aged 17, who landed in America from Hoichheim, Germany, in 1924
- Peter Bibow, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Beckewitz, Germany, in 1924
- Emma Bibow, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Hoichheim, Germany, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Bibow (post 1700)
- Dr. Jörg Bibow, Professor at the University of Hamburg