Show ContentsGibbes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Gibbes lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Gibbes comes from Gibb, which is a pet form of the personal name Gilbert. [1] [2] [3]

This name is derived from the Old English forenames Gislberht and Gislbeorht, which mean bright hostage. [4]

Early Origins of the Gibbes family

The surname Gibbes was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles.

Entries for the family are quite late by typical standards. Records in the 16th century include: "Dauid Gyb was member of assize at Cupar in 1521, Elizabeth Gib is recorded in Craigmakerane in 1585, and Robert Gib was burgess of Linlithgow in 1622." [2]

Early History of the Gibbes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibbes research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1585, 1622, 1689, 1654, 1656, 1677, 1681, 1651, 1681, 1604, 1681, 1603, 1604, 1611, 1677 and are included under the topic Early Gibbes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gibbes Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Gibbes has been spelled Gibb, Gibbe, Gibbs, Gibbes and others.

Early Notables of the Gibbes family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was William Gibbes (died 1689), an English merchant and politician, Member of Parliament for Suffolk (1654-1656), High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1677. Frederick Gibb (d. 1681), was a miscellaneous writer, son of Bernard Gibb, advocate and was born at Dunfermline, studied medicine, and took, 9 Sept. 1651, the degree of doctor at the university of Valence. He spent his life abroad. He died 27 March...
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Ireland Migration of the Gibbes family to Ireland

Some of the Gibbes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Gibbes migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Gibbes:

Gibbes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gibbes, (b. 1597), aged 24 who landed in Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship "Abigaile" [5]
Gibbes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Gibbes was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1709
Gibbes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gibbes, who arrived in Virginia in 1887 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbes (post 1700) +

  • Wade H. Gibbes, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Columbia, South Carolina, 1885-89 [6]
  • H. H. Gibbes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1944 [6]
  • C. Denton Gibbes Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for Mississippi, 1956 [6]
  • Bobby Gibbes, Australian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Australian Air Force, during World War II, credited with 10¼ aerial victories
  • Robert Gibbes Barnwell (d. 1899), American politician, U.S. Consul in Amsterdam, 1853-61 [7]

The Gibbes 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.

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  2. 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)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook