Gebbe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gebbe is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Geoffery. The surname Gebbe 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 Gebbe family

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

Early History of the Gebbe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gebbe research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1508, 1719, 1735, 1736, 1786, 1787, 1736, 1694, 1772, 1694, 1709, 1775 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Gebbe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gebbe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gebbe have been found, including Jebb, Jeb, Jebbe, Gebbe, Gebb and others.

Early Notables of the Gebbe 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...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gebbe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gebbe family to Ireland

Some of the Gebbe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gebbe family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gebbe, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Jebb, who sailed to America in 1752; Rachel Jebb to America in 1805; Thomas and James Jebb to Philadelphia in 1856; and William Jebb to Philadelphia in 1858..



  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


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