Gibbard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Gibbard came from the baptismal name son of Gilbert. 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 Gibbard family

The surname Gibbard was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Gibbard family

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Gibbard Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gibbard has been recorded under many different variations, including Gibbard, Gibbert, Gibert, Gybbard, Gybbert and many more.

Early Notables of the Gibbard family (pre 1700)

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United States Gibbard migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gibbard or a variant listed above:

Gibbard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Gibbard, who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1640
  • William Gibbard, who arrived in Connecticut in 1657 [1]
Gibbard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Gibbard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
  • Thomas Gibbard, who landed in America in 1770 [1]
  • Thomas and Henry Gibbard, who landed in Virginia in 1774

Australia Gibbard migration to Australia +

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

Gibbard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbard (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Gibbard (b. 1976), American singer, songwriter and guitarist, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie
  • Allan Gibbard (b. 1942), American Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; he co-developed the Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem
  • Philip Leonard Gibbard (b. 1949), English Quaternary geologist from Chiswick, Londonnd, Professor of Quaternary Palaeoenvironments in the University of Cambridge, Department of Geography
  • John Gibbard, Canadian founder of The Gibbard Furniture Shops Limited, Napanee, Ontario in 1835, at one time Canada's oldest furniture factory, sadly closed in 2009
  • Paul Gibbard, Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela (2010-2013)
  • Les Gibbard (1945-2010), New Zealand-born, British political cartoonist, journalist, illustrator and animator

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook