Gibbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Gibbs lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Gibbs is derived from Gibb, which is a pet form of the personal name Gilbert. This name is derived from the Old English forenames Gislberht and Gislbeorht, which mean bright hostage.

Early Origins of the Gibbs family

The surname Gibbs 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.

Important Dates for the Gibbs family

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

Gibbs Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Gibbs has been spelled Gibb, Gibbe, Gibbs, Gibbes and others.

Early Notables of the Gibbs family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gibbs family to Ireland

Some of the Gibbs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Gibbs migration to the United States

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Gibbs:

Gibbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Gibbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 [1]
  • Giles Gibbs, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633 [1]
  • Jane Gibbs, aged 25, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Jo Gibbs, aged 35, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Humphry Gibbs, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gibbs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Gibbs, who arrived in America in 1760 [1]
  • John Gibbs, who landed in America in 1760 [1]
  • Abraham Gibbs, a Jacobite Loyalist sold into slavery in Maryland in 1760
Gibbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ruth Gibbs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • James Gibbs, who arrived in New York in 1818 [1]
  • Thomas F Gibbs, who landed in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Andrew Gibbs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]
  • Mrs. Gibbs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gibbs migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gibbs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edw Gibbs, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
Gibbs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Corenelius Gibbs, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London, England
  • Patrick Gibbs, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. Frances Gibbs, aged 1 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virgilia" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on August 25th, 1847 [2]
  • Henry Gibbs, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Charles B Gibbs, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
Gibbs Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss A Gibbs, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Gibbs migration to Australia

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

Gibbs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Gibbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Margaret Gibbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Haziah Gibbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Thomas Gibbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [4]
  • Mr. John Gibbs, (b. 1828), aged 20, Cornish agricultural labourer from Penzance, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 28th April 1848 aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1848 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gibbs migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

  • Miss Elizabeth Gibbs, (b.1844), aged 30, Cornish servant departing on 2nd May 1874 aboard the ship "Peter Denny" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th July 1874 [6]
Gibbs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Gibbs, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bombay
  • James Gibbs, aged 29, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Charlotte Gibbs, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Isaac Gibbs, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bolton
  • James Gibbs, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Bolton"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gibbs (post 1700)

  • Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs II (1821-1874), American Presbyterian minister and a prominent African-American officeholder during Reconstruction, the 1st Black Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida
  • Timothy Gibbs (b. 1967), American Emmy Award nominated director, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • Robert Lane Gibbs (1971-2009), American politician, 28th White House Press Secretary (2009-2011)
  • Oliver Wolcott Gibbs (1822-1908), American chemist, best known for performing the first electrogravimetric analyses
  • Marla Gibbs (b. 1931), five-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee
  • George Gibbs (1815-1873), American geologist and ethnologist
  • William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967), American naval architect and marine engineer, designer of the ocean liner SS United States
  • Augustus Gibbs, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1841 [7]
  • Allison De France Gibbs (1868-1945), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1920 [7]
  • Alfred Gibbs, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1839 [7]
  • ... (Another 84 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Gibbs family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Brucie Gibbs (1901-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Wellington, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Charles W E Gibbs (b. 1920), English Leading Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Chertsey, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward George Gibbs, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Colin Gibbs, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Colin Gibbs, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George Gibbs, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. William A Gibbs, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Athur R.F. Gibbs, British Blacksmith with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]

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Citations

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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