Show ContentsGarbett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Garbett reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the name Geribodo, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements geri, or gari, which means spear and bodo, which means messenger. Geribodo was the name of the 7th century saint who was Bishop of Bayeux. The name Garbett was also a derivative of the Germanic personal name Geribald, which was composed of the elements geri, which again means spear, and bald, which means bold or brave. This name was borne by a 9th century saint who was the Bishop of Chalons-sur-Seine.

Early Origins of the Garbett family

The surname Garbett was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Gherbode, was created Earl of Chester by Duke William of Normandy, after he had a conflict with the previous Earl, Earl Hugh, who was transferred to Carlisle Castle. Gherbode, also known as Gerbode the Fleming, was William's step-son. This Earl Gherbode or Gerbodo also held lands in Yorkshire.

Early History of the Garbett family

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Garbett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Garbett have been found, including Garbutt, Garbut, Garbit, Garbitt, Garbet, Garbot, Garbott, Garbett, Garbed, Gabit, Gabut, Gabutt, Gerbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Garbett family (pre 1700)

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United States Garbett migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Garbett were among those contributors:

Garbett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Garbett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]
  • William Garbett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Australia Garbett migration to Australia +

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

Garbett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Garbett, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Garbett, (b. 1801), aged 19, British farm labourer who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1873 when he was found drowned [3]
  • George Garbett, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • William Garbett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 [5]

West Indies Garbett migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Garbett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Garbett, who sailed to Barbados in 1658

Contemporary Notables of the name Garbett (post 1700) +

  • John Garbett (b. 1953), American film producer from Utah, producer of The Other Side of Heaven
  • Samuel Garbett (1717-1803), English industrialist and businessman, first chairman of Birmingham's Commercial Committee
  • Terry Graham Garbett (b. 1945), English retired footballer who played for Middlesbrough, Watford, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United (1965-1979)
  • William Edward "Eddie" Garbett (b. 1949), English former professional footballer who scored 40 goals from 200 appearances in the Football League
  • James Garbett (1802-1879), English divine, Archdeacon of Chichester and professor of poetry at Oxford, born at Hereford in 1802, the eldest son of the Rev. James Garbett (1775–1857)
  • Edward Garbett (1817-1887), English divine, born at Hereford on 10 Dec. 1817, being the sixth son of the Rev. James Garbett (1775–1857), custos and prebendary of the cathedral
  • Toby Garbett (b. 1976), British two-time gold and silver medalist rower
  • Lee Garbett, British comic book artist born in the West Midlands who is working freelance after a period of exclusivity with DC Comics
  • Cyril Forster Garbett GCVO (1875-1955), Anglican bishop and author, Bishop of Southwark, the Bishop of Winchester and the Archbishop of York from 1942 to 1955
  • Paul Anthony Garbett (b. 1952), New Zealand Chess International Master from Auckland
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  1. 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)
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from
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