The ancient Pictish-Scottish name Gibbe comes from Gibb, which is a pet form of the personal name Gilbert.
This name is derived from the Old English forenames Gislberht
which mean bright hostage.
Early Origins of the Gibbe family
The surname Gibbe was first found in Inverness-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Gibbe family
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Gibbe Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Gibbe has been spelled Gibb, Gibbe, Gibbs, Gibbes and others.
Early Notables of the Gibbe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gibbe family to Ireland
Some of the Gibbe family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gibbe family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Gibbe:
Gibbe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Gibbe, who landed in Maryland in 1665 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Gibbe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.