Gebbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Old English surname Gebbie means "of Gopheye," and indicates someone who hails from the town of Gopheye in Dorset.

Early Origins of the Gebbie family

The surname Gebbie was first found in Dorset, at Guppy (formerly Guppehegh.)

Three sources presume that the name was originally Norman and came over with the Conquest. In this case, the name was derived from either "goupil," a fox. [1] [2] The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae includes a listing for Ursel and Aufrid Gopil, Normandy 1180-95 which points to the thought that not all of the family arrived at or after the Conquest. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include the following listing: Richard Gopil, England. [3]

However, we must defer to Henry Brougham Guppy FRS FRSE FLS (1854-1926) the noted British surgeon, geologist, botanist and photographer who was awarded the Linnean Medal in 1917. In his work Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) he made the following entry:

"For nearly four centuries, in fact as far back as the parish registers enable us to trace the name, the principal home of the Guppys has been in Dorset, close to the Somerset and Devon borders, as shown by the wills in Somerset House; several families of well - to - do yeomen bearing this name resided in Halstock, South Perrott, Cheddington, and Frampton, during the 16th and 17th centuries. Pickyeate, Pykeyeate, or Picket, in South Perrott, was the residence of a family of Guppy or Guppie as far back as the reign of Elizabeth, and the name has since been frequent in the South Perrott registers until within the last twenty years. From Dorset the name extended into the surrounding counties of Somerset, Devon, and Wilts, in the last two of which it is now very rare or extinct. " [4]

We continue to include more of his research later in this work.

Evidence of the Guppy parish has been lost over the years, but we did find record of Nicholas Gopheye who according to the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset held estates there in 1327. Due to the fact that Dorset borders onto Somerset, one can easily understand how he claimed Dorset as his original homestead.

Early History of the Gebbie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gebbie research. Another 384 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1685, 1639, 1747, 1710 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Gebbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gebbie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guppy, Goobie, Gophy, Gophie, Guppey, Gooby, Goby, Gobey, Guby, Gube and many more.

Early Notables of the Gebbie family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Lewis Goupy (d. 1747), French-born, English painter who went to London before 1710 , where he is said to have had a brother already resident as...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gebbie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Gebbie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gebbie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Gebbie, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Maria Gebbie, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Mrs. Susan Gebbie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [5]
  • Mr. Gebbie, Jr., Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [5]
  • Miss Gebbie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gebbie (post 1700) +

  • Katharine Blodgett Gebbie (1932-2016), American astrophysicist and founding Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Robert Gebbie (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Kristine Moore Gebbie DrPH, RN, American Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Melinda Gebbie, American comics artist and writer, best known for Lost Girls, a three-volume graphic novel
  • Sir Frederick St John Gebbie CIE (1871-1939), British civil engineer in India


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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