Show ContentsGebb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Gebb comes from the baptismal name Geoffery. The surname Gebb referred to the son of Geoffrey which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. [1]

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 Gebb family

The surname Gebb was first found in Suffolk, where William Gebbe was listed in the Subsidy Roll for 1327. [2]

Early History of the Gebb family

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Gebb Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gebb were recorded, including Jebb, Jeb, Jebbe, Gebbe, Gebb and others.

Early Notables of the Gebb family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Jebb (1736-1786), theological and political writer, eldest son of John Jebb, D.D., Dean of Cashel (d. 6 Feb. 1787), by Ann, daughter of Daniel Gansel of Donnyland Hall, Essex, was born in Ireland (Munk says in London) on 16 Feb. 1736. [3] Samuel Jebb (1694?-1772), physician and scholar, born about 1694, probably at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was second son of Samuel Jebb, a...
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Ireland Migration of the Gebb family to Ireland

Some of the Gebb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Gebb migration to Australia +

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

Gebb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Gebb, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [4]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook