Ebbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ebbs belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Ebbs is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree. [1]

However, one source notes that name may be "a genitive form of Ape or Appe; a personal name, ante [(before)]1066 [and in the] Domesday Book. " [2]

Early Origins of the Ebbs family

The surname Ebbs was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book, [3] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Early History of the Ebbs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ebbs research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1327, 1524, 1534, 1628, 1779, 1658, 1604 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Ebbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ebbs Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ebbs include Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Ebbs family (pre 1700)

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United States Ebbs migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ebbs were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Ebbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Ebbs, who arrived in Maryland in 1633-1641 [4]
  • Matthew Ebbs, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [4]
  • Hannah Ebbs, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [4]

Australia Ebbs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ebbs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Ebbs, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Edward Ebbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [6]
  • Sarah Ann Ebbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [6]
  • Edward Montague Ebbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [6]
  • Alfred Howard Ebbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ebbs (post 1700) +

  • Anne Ebbs (1940-1941), née Sinnott, Irish Paralympic two-time silver table tennis medalist
  • Katherine Ebbs (b. 1993), Australian football player for Adelaide University Soccer Club
  • George Ebbs, Irish footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s

SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. John Ebbs (1893-1914), Newfoundlander from St. John's who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found


The Ebbs Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm


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