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The surname Fitzgibbon 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 Fitzgibbon is Mac Giobúin.

Fitzgibbon Early Origins



The surname Fitzgibbon 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.

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Fitzgibbon Spelling Variations


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Fitzgibbon 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.

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Fitzgibbon Early History


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Fitzgibbon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzgibbon research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1419, 1496, 1530, 1543, 1569, 1569, 1552, 1608 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Fitzgibbon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitzgibbon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitzgibbon Early Notables (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 Fitzgibbon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Fitzgibbon:

Fitzgibbon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kolt Fitzgibbon, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ellen Fitzgibbon, aged 36, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Mary Fitzgibbon, aged 11, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Patt Fitzgibbon, aged 10, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Thomas Fitzgibbon, aged 13, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgibbon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Fitzgibbon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Fitzgibbon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Fitzgibbon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Fitzgibbon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Maurice Fitzgibbon, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Fitzgibbon, aged 36, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Edward Fitzgibbon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1840
  • John Fitzgibbon, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgibbon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Fitzgibbon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Bridget Fitzgibbon, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Deborah Fitzgibbon, aged 31, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Ellen Fitzgibbon, aged 27, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Bridget Fitzgibbon, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgibbon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • P. Fitzgibbon arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzgibbon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzgibbon (post 1700)



  • Herb Fitzgibbon (b. 1942), American nationally ranked tennis player in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Edward Fitzgibbon (1803-1857), Irish writer who used the pseudonym Ephemera
  • Gerald Fitzgibbon (1866-1942), Irish barrister, independent Teachta Dála, one of the original judges of the Supreme Court of Ireland
  • John FitzGibbon (1792-1851), 2nd Earl of Clare, Privy Councillor and Governor of Bombay
  • John FitzGibbon (1748-1802), 1st Earl of Clare, Attorney-General and Lord Chancellor of Ireland
  • James FitzGibbon (1782-1863), Irish soldier in the British army, a hero of the War of 1812
  • Nick FitzGibbon (b. 1987), Canadian CFL football running back
  • Flight Lieutenant Desmond Fitzgerald Fitzgibbon (1890-1919), English Royal Naval Air Service flying ace, accredited with eight aerial victories during World War I
  • Fred Fitzgibbon (1917-1999), Australian rules footballer
  • Daniel Fitzgibbon (1976-2008), Australian silver medalist Paralympic sailor at the 2008 Beijing Games
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm

Other References

  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Fitzgibbon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzgibbon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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