The name Carbutt was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the name Geribodo,
a Germanic personal name
composed of the elements geri,
which means spear
which means messenger.
Geribodo was the name of the 7th century saint who was Bishop of Bayeux. The name Carbutt was also a derivative of the Germanic personal name Geribald,
which was composed of the elements geri,
which again means spear,
which means bold
This name was borne by a 9th century saint who was the Bishop of Chalons-sur-Seine.
Early Origins of the Carbutt family
The surname Carbutt was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. Gherbode, was created Earl of Chester by Duke William of Normandy
, after he had a conflict with the previous Earl, Earl Hugh, who was transferred to Carlisle Castle. Gherbode, also known as Gerbode the Fleming, was William's step-son. This Earl Gherbode or Gerbodo also held lands in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Carbutt family
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Carbutt Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Carbutt include Garbutt, Garbut, Garbit, Garbitt, Garbet, Garbot, Garbott, Garbett, Garbed, Gabit, Gabut, Gabutt, Gerbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Carbutt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carbutt family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Carbutts to arrive on North American shores: William Garbett, who sailed to Barbados in 1658; Thomas Garburt to Virginia in 1659; Peter Garbutt to West New Jersey in 1664; Richard Garbutt to Nova Scotia in 1774 with his wife and six children, and Robert James Garbutt to Texas in 1896..