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
Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Gabbard family
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Gabbard Spelling Variations
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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Migration of the Gabbard family to the New World and Oceana
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)
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