Show ContentsGib History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gib surname is thought to have evolved in Britain, from the common medieval personal names Gibbon, or Gib. There was also a place named Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, listed in the Great Domesday Book of 1086, and the surname may have been taken on from the place name.

Alternatively, the name may be a nickname as this source explains: "as Tib was the name for a female cat, so was Gib for a male, but the distinction was gradually forgotten." [1]

And a few sources note that the name is "a pet form of Gilbert (pledge, bright)" [2] [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Gib family

The surname Gib was first found in Southern England, where a Ralph Gibiun (or Gibbewin) was on record in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire in 1176. Geoffrey Gibewin (Gibwin) was listed several times in Curia Regis Rolls, in Somerset in 1196, in Northamptonshire in 1208, and in Buckinghamshire in 1213. A Gibbe de Huckenhale was on record in the Pipe Rolls of Northamptonshire of 1179. [4]

The Writs of Parliament list Adam Gibbe, 1311, but no place name. [1]

Early History of the Gib family

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Gib Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gibbon, Gibbons, Gib, Gibb, Gibbs and others.

Early Notables of the Gib family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Gibbon or Guybon, who was Sheriff of Norfolk in 1513; Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), English composer and organist at Westminster Abbey; and Ellis Gibbons (1573-1603), an English composer, one of the older brothers of Orlando Gibbons. Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676), was an English composer and organist; and Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), English (Rotterdam-born from English parents) wood-carver and sculptor, regarded as England's foremost decorative wood-carver. Charles Gibbon (fl. 1589-1604), was a miscellaneous writer, was a member of Cambridge University, but there is no record of his having...
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Ireland Migration of the Gib family to Ireland

Some of the Gib family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Gib migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gib Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gib, who landed in East New Jersey in 1685 [5]
Gib Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michel Gib, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gib (post 1700) +

  • Adam Gib (1714-1788), Scotch antiburgher divine, ninth son of John Gib, born at Castletown, his father's property, in the parish of Muckhart, Perthshire, 7 April 1714 [6]
  • Gib Shanley (1931-2008), American Emmy Award-winning sports anchor/reporter

  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. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. 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)
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook