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The surname Gibbens is derived from the name Gibb, a short form of the Norman personal name Gilbert. This name was originally derived from the name Gislebert, which is comprised of the Germanic elements "gisil," which means "hostage" or "noble youth," and "berht," which means "bright" or "famous." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix "fitz," which means "son of" in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word " filius," both of which mean "son." The Gaelic form of the surname Gibbens is Mac Giobúin.

Gibbens Early Origins



The surname Gibbens was first found in counties of Mayo and Limerick, where two distinct families arose shortly after Strongbow invasion of Ireland in 1172. The majority of the family hails from Mayo and were a branch of the great Burke family. They were originally known as MacGibbon Burke. They gave their name to Ballymacgibbon in County Mayo. The Limerick FitzGibbon families are descended from John Fitzgerald, whose three sons became hereditary knights of Desmond in 1333. Two branches of this family, known respectively as the knights of Glin and the knights of Kerry, remained Fitzgeralds. However, the third branch became known by the surname Fitzgibbon and was led by the White Knight, Maurice FitzGibbon, son of Sir Gilbert fitz John, eldest illegitimate son of John FitzGerald, 1st Baron Desmond. The territory of this branch lay in the southeastern corner of Limerick near County Cork.

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Gibbens Spelling Variations


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Gibbens Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Gibbens included: Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbons, MacGibbon, Gibbon, Gibbons, Gibben, Gibbens, Gibbin, Gibbins and many more.

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Gibbens Early History


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Gibbens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibbens research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1419, 1496, 1530, 1543, 1569, 1569, 1552, 1608 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Gibbens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gibbens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gibbens Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Maurice Fitzgibbon, 1st White Knight (d. 1357); David Fitzgibbon, 2nd White Knight; John Fitzgibbon, 3rd White Knight; Maurice Fitzgibbon, 4th White Knight (d. 1419); John Fitzgibbon, 5th White Knight; Maurice Mor Fitzgibbon, 6th White Knight(d. 1496); Maurice...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gibbens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Gibbens:

Gibbens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Gibbens, aged 21, landed in New England in 1635

Gibbens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Gibbens settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
  • Thomas Gibbens, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Gibbens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M F Gibbens, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Mark F Gibbens, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Michael Gibbens, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Charles and James Gibbens settled in Philadelphia in 1862

Gibbens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Gibbens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbens (post 1700)



  • William Gibbens, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cornwall, 1914
  • Mike Gibbens, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kansas State Senate 3rd District, 2000
  • Lisa Gibbens, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 2008
  • Alvaro F. Gibbens, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Charleston, West Virginia, 1879-81, 1884-85
  • Barnaby John "Barney" Gibbens OBE (1935-2012), British a co-founder of the CAP Group
  • Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the United Kingdom (2008)
  • Kevin Gibbens (b. 1979), English footballer
  • Craig Gibbens (b. 1965), English cricketer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gibbens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibbens Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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