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Cribben Surname History



The Irish surname Cribben comes from two quite distinct sources: it was an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Roibin," which was created from the Anglo-Norman given name Robin; and it also came from the Irish "ó Gribín."

Early Origins of the Cribben family


The surname Cribben was first found in Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where O'Gribbin and MacGribben were recorded in the County Armagh Hearth Money Rolls of 1664-65, and it seems the name has long existed in this region, as well as in County Mayo. There are also some 16th century records of MacRoben and MacRobyn in Louth, and in the southern counties of Carlow and Wexford.

Early History of the Cribben family


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Cribben Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cribbins, Gribben, Gribbend, MacRobyn, Gribbynd, Gribbyn, Gribbint and many more.

Early Notables of the Cribben family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cribben family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Cribben, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1789; Henry Gribben, who came to Baltimore in 1819; Esther Gribben, who arrived at Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1824.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cribben (post 1700)


  • Patrick Cribben, American playwright

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