The surname Fitzgibbins is derived from the name Gibb, a short form of the Norman personal name
Gilbert. This name was originally derived from the name Gislebert, which is comprised of the Germanic elements "gisil," which means "hostage" or "noble youth," and "berht," which means "bright" or "famous." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic
prefix "fitz," which means "son of" in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word " filius
," both of which mean "son." The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzgibbins is Mac Giobúin.
Early Origins of the Fitzgibbins family
The surname Fitzgibbins was first found in counties of Mayo and Limerick
, where two distinct families arose shortly after Strongbow
invasion of Ireland
in 1172. The majority of the family hails from Mayo and were a branch of the great Burke family.
They were originally known as MacGibbon Burke. They gave their name to Ballymacgibbon in County Mayo. The Limerick FitzGibbon families are descended from John Fitzgerald, whose three sons became hereditary knights of Desmond in 1333.
Two branches of this family, known respectively as the knights of Glin and the knights of Kerry, remained Fitzgeralds. However, the third branch became known by the surname Fitzgibbon and was led by the White Knight, Maurice FitzGibbon, son of Sir Gilbert fitz John, eldest illegitimate son of John FitzGerald, 1st Baron Desmond. The territory of this branch lay in the southeastern corner of Limerick near County Cork.
Early History of the Fitzgibbins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzgibbins research.Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1419, 1496, 1530, 1543, 1569, 1569, 1552, 1608 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Fitzgibbins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fitzgibbins Spelling Variations
During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations
for the name: Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbons, MacGibbon, Gibbon, Gibbons, Gibben, Gibbens, Gibbin, Gibbins and many more.
Early Notables of the Fitzgibbins family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Maurice Fitzgibbon, 1st White Knight (d. 1357); David Fitzgibbon, 2nd White Knight; John Fitzgibbon, 3rd White Knight; Maurice Fitzgibbon, 4th White Knight (d. 1419); John Fitzgibbon, 5th White Knight; Maurice Mor Fitzgibbon, 6th White Knight(d. 1496); Maurice... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzgibbins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fitzgibbins family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Fitzgibbins: Daniel, George, John, Michael, James, Nicholas, and Patrick Fitzgibbon who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865; Ann Gibbon settled in Virginia in 1660.