Show ContentsDiebold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Diebold is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Theobald,which was an ancient personal name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names.

"In the 13th century century Tibbe was used as a pet-name for both men and women, from Isabel or Tibald (Theobald). The latter interchanged with Tebbe." 1

Early Origins of the Diebold family

The surname Diebold was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086; several bearers of Diebold as a personal name were recorded as landowners after the Norman Conquest, particularly in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk. The first recorded instance as a surname occurred in 1199, where Tomas Teobald was living in Gloucestershire.

Theobald or Tedbaldus (d. 1161), was Archbishop of Canterbury and came of a Norman family of knightly rank who settled near Thierceville, in the neighbourhood of Bec Hellouin. "He became a monk of Bec between 1093 and 1124, was made prior in 1127, and elected abbot in 1137. The see of Canterbury having been vacant since the death of William of Corbeil in 1136, the prior of Christ Church and a deputation of monks were summoned before King Stephen and the legate Alberic, and on 24 Dec. 1138 elected Theobald archbishop. " 2

Early History of the Diebold family

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Diebold Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Diebold has been recorded under many different variations, including Theobald, Theobalds, Diebold, Theobold, Tubald, Tudball, Dipple, Diebald, Teupel, Diepelt, Dewalt and many more.

Early Notables of the Diebold family

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Diebold Ranking

In the United States, the name Diebold is the 14,654th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3 However, in France, the name Diebold is ranked the 6,123rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 4

United States Diebold migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Diebold or a variant listed above:

Diebold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ignaz Diebold, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 5
  • Peter Diebold, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 5
  • Rose Diebold, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1854 5
  • David Diebold, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1854 5
  • Jacob Diebold, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Diebold (post 1700) +

  • Foster F. Diebold (1932-2018), American academic, President of the University of Alaska System (1977-1979), President of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1979-1996)
  • Clarence Joseph Diebold (1881-1964), American college football quarterback for the University of Notre Dame
  • John Theurer Diebold (1926-2005), early American computer researcher and author, best known for his first book Automation (1952)
  • Charles Diebold, American businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio who founded Diebold Safe & Lock Company in 1859, now named Diebold who now builds security devices and more recently ATMs
  • Laure Diebold (Diebolt) (1915-1965), high-profile French Resistance during World War II, private secretary of Jean Moulin before being deported to the Nazi camp at Auschwitz, recipient of the Compagnon de la Libération

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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) on Facebook