Debbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Debbie family

The surname Debbie was first found in Hampshire at Dibden, a small village that is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Depedene and was held by Odo of Winchester at that time. [1]

The name Dibden is from the Old English words "deop" + "denu" which collectively meant "deep valley." [2] "This place, the name of which, anciently Depedene, was descriptive of its situation in a thickly wooded dell, was of some importance at the time of the Conquest." [3]

The first record of the family was Geoffrey de Depeden, Norfolk, c. 1150 as listed in the History of Norfolk. Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Randolph de Depeden in Oxfordshire. [4]

In 1332 Thomas Dybyn was listed as holding estates in the Dibden, Hampshire area. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Ricardus Depeden. [4]

The Subsidy Rolls for Dorset included a listing for Thomas Dybyn in 1332 and later Thomas Dybben was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Warwickshire in 1476. William Dibben was later found in Somerset in 1664. [5]

Early History of the Debbie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debbie research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1476, 1664, 1455, 1487, 1903, 1745, 1813, 1833 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Debbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Debbie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dibbin, Dibbon, Dibden, Dibbon, Debbin, Debbon, Dibben, Dybben, Dybbyn, Dibbyn, Dibdin, Dipden, Dipdon, Dipdan, Dippen and many more.

Early Notables of the Debbie family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Charles Dibdin, the son of a silversmith at Southampton, where he was born March 15, 1745, his mother being in her fiftieth year and he being her eighteenth child. His grandfather was a considerable merchant, who founded the village near Southampton which bears his name. Dibdin's eldest brother, who was twenty nine years his senior, was captain of an Indiaman and father of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Frognall Dibdin, the well-known bibliographer. Charles Dibdin, being intended by his father for the Church, was placed at Winchester College, but a passion for music took possession of...
Another 231 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Debbie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Debbie family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands. Many settlers arrived in Newfoundland..


Contemporary Notables of the name Debbie (post 1700) +

  • Debbie Flintoff -King OAM (b. 1960), Australian four-time gold medalist hurdler, active in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Prof. Debbie Wiseman O.B.E., M.B.E. (b. 1963), born in London, British Composer for film and television also known as a conductor, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Music [6]
  • Mrs. Debbie Maxine Reich Goodenough M.V.O., British Head Gardener for Highgrove Estate, was appointed the Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 [6]
  • Debbie Shewell, American producer, known for An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and Waking the Dead
  • Debbie Lindley (b. 1973), British TV presenter and journalist
  • Debbie McWhinnie (b. 1981), Scottish international football striker who currently plays for the Scotland National Team
  • Debbie Horsfield (b. 1955), English theatre and television writer and producer
  • Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016), born Mary Frances Reynolds, American Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated, Emmy Award winning actress, singer, and dancer; she died the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher
  • Debbie Smith (1956-2016), American politician, Member of the Nevada Senate (2012-2016)
  • Debbie Hiott, American editor of the Austin American-Statesman, a major daily newspaper for Austin, Texas


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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