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The surname Gibbon 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 Gibbon is Mac Giobúin.

Gibbon Early Origins



The surname Gibbon 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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Gibbon Spelling Variations


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Gibbon Spelling Variations



Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Gibbon revealed the following spelling variations: Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbons, MacGibbon, Gibbon, Gibbons, Gibben, Gibbens, Gibbin, Gibbins and many more.

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Gibbon Early History


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Gibbon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibbon 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 Gibbon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gibbon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gibbon 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 Gibbon 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



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Gibbon:

Gibbon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Gibbon settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Francis Gibbon, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675
  • John Gibbon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Gibbon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Gibbon, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Gibbon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Gibbon, aged 35, landed in New York in 1812
  • Daniel Gibbon, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Samuel Gibbon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • J. Gibbon settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • Edward Masters Gibbon, who landed in New York in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gibbon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John William St. George Gibbon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1901
  • William S Gibbon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903

Gibbon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Geo Gibbon, aged 30, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Geo Gibbon, aged 30, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Geo Gibbon, aged 50, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Mary Gibbon arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1842
  • William Reed Gibbon, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Gibbon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbon (post 1700)



  • Mrs. W. L. Gibbon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1956
  • L. L. Gibbon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1932
  • J. S. Gibbon, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky secession convention, 1861
  • J. J. Gibbon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1948
  • Ethel Gibbon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Van Buren County, 1940
  • John Gibbon (1827-1896), American Civil War Union army officer, who led a division at Gettysburg (1863)
  • Joseph Charles Gibbon (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball player
  • John Heysham Gibbon Jr. (1903-1973), American surgeon, who invented the heart-lung machine and performed the first open heart surgery
  • William Monk Gibbon (1896-1987), Irish poet and man of letters
  • Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), English historian, best known for "the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"

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Gibbon Historic Events


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Gibbon Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Isaac G Gibbon (b. 1894), English Chief Ordnance Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. 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).
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    The Gibbon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibbon 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 August 2016 at 16:35.

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