Gabbard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gabbard is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name son of Gilbert. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Gabbard family

The surname Gabbard was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Gabbard family

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Gabbard Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gabbard has been spelled many different ways, including Gibbard, Gibbert, Gibert, Gybbard, Gybbert and many more.

Early Notables of the Gabbard family (pre 1700)

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Gabbard Ranking

In the United States, the name Gabbard is the 4,903rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Gabbard family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gabbards to arrive in North America: Thomas and Henry Gibbard landed in Virginia in 1774; William Gibbard settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1640; Ann, Edward and Jane Gibberd landed in New York in 1830.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gabbard (post 1700) +

  • John Gabbard, American NORAD employee who co-developed a database of space satellites and a formulation predicting their orbital paths, now known as Gabbard diagrams which is still in use today
  • Gary Adrian, Rob, and Cathy Gabbard, American musicians, founders of The Gabbards, a Christian American Southern Gospel group
  • Stephen Edward Gabbard (b. 1966), American former offensive tackle who played from 1989 to 1993
  • Doug Gabbard II,, American jurist, a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
  • Glen Owens Gabbard (b. 1949), American psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York
  • Gerald Michael "Mike" Gabbard (b. 1948), American politician, Member of the Hawaii Senate (2006), father of Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kason Ronald Gabbard (b. 1982), American former professional Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2006 to 2008
  • Tulsi Gabbard (b. 1981), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii (2013-)

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