Gibson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Gibson family. Their name comes from the given name Gibb, which is a diminutive form of the name Gilbert. [1]

Early Origins of the Gibson family

The surname Gibson was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very early times.

Descended from a chieftain, Gilbert, probably Gilbert, Lord of Galloway, the Gibsons settled first at Lennox in Scotland, and in those early times was a formidable force to be encountered. The first official mention was when John Gibson surrendered the Castle of Rothesay in 1335. A few years later, Thomas Gibbeson was charged with breaking parole in 1358; and John Gybbessone was listed as a servitor of William Douglas when he was held hostage by Henry Vi in 1425.[1]

Later a branch of the family were well established in the sea-port and ancient burgh of barony of Levin in Fifeshire. "This place, which is agreeably situated on the sea-shore at the mouth of the river whence it takes its name, was erected into a burgh of barony by charter of the proprietor of the lands of Durie, now belonging to the Christies, but once in the possession of the family of Gibson, whose descendants, the lords Durie, are distinguished in Scottish history." [2]

Early History of the Gibson family

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Gibson Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Gibson has been written as Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson and many more.

Early Notables of the Gibson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Richard Gibson (1615-1690), known as "Dwarf Gibson", a painter of portrait miniatures and a court dwarf in England during the reigns of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and William and Mary; Sir John Gibson, of Alderstone, in Ratho parish, near Edinburgh; and his son, Sir John Gibson (ca. 1637-1717), founder of the Gloucestershire Regiment and Member of Parliament for Portsmouth, 1696-1698 and 1702. Thomas Gibson (d. 1562), was an English printer, medical practitioner, and theological writer and a native of Morpeth, Northumberland. Sir Alexander Gibson , Lord Durie (d. 1644), was a Scottish judge...
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Ireland Migration of the Gibson family to Ireland

Some of the Gibson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 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 Gibson migration to the United States +

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gibson or a variant listed above:

Gibson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Frances Gibson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [3]
  • Christopher Gibson, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1631 [3]
  • Ann Gibson who settled in New England in 1635
  • Jo Gibson, aged 30, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Jon Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gibson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Amy Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Eliza Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Cha Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [3]
  • Abel Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1746
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gibson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fanny Gibson, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [3]
  • Edward Gibson, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • John Gibson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1805 [3]
  • Margaret Gibson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Alexander Gibson, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817 [3]
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Canada Gibson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jane Gibson, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • George Gibson, aged 36, who landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. William Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Gilbert Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • Mrs. Hannah Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Gibson, aged 40, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Helen Gibson, aged 33, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Ann Gibson, aged 12, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jean Gibson, aged 7, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Gibson, aged 6, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
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Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • G H Gibson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss J Gibson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Gibson migration to Australia +

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

Gibson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Gibson, (b. 1778), aged 25, British farmer who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1858 [5]
  • Miss Mary Gibson, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Gibson, English convict who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Edward Gibson, English convict who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 14 years for possessing forged bank notes, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Gibson, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
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New Zealand Gibson 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:

Gibson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Gibson, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Maria Gibson, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • John Gibson, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • L Gibson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Sandy Robert Gibson, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibson (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin F. Gibson (1931-2021), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (1996-1999)
  • Todd Gibson (1936-2020), American racing driver from Morral, Ohio and Richwood, Ohio
  • Jon Gibson (1940-2020), American flautist, saxophonist, composer, and visual artist, known as one of the founding members of the Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Robert "Bob" Gibson (1935-2020), American professional baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals (1959–1975), awarded two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award
  • Levi Withee "L. W." Gibson (1872-1919), American businessman and politician from La Crosse, Wisconsin who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and was a Republican in 1919
  • Charles E. Gibson Jr. (1925-2017), American lawyer and politician, Vermont Attorney General
  • Harry C. Gibson, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1926 [9]
  • Harry G. Gibson, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1934 [9]
  • Harold C. Gibson, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Concord 4th Ward, 1956; Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Concord 4th Ward; Elected 1956 [9]
  • H. E. Gibson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1916 [9]
  • ... (Another 203 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Victor Gibson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. John James  Gibson (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas Gibson (b. 1916), Scottish Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Uphall, Linlithgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. John H Gibson (b. 1922), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James Gibson (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stepney, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Geoffrey Gibson, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Wilfred Gibson, British Chief Engine Room Artificer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Sidney James Gibson (1920-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • Gordon Gibson (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Kenneth James Gibson (1968-1988), American Army Specialist Four from Romulus, Michigan, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Matthew Orr Gibson, Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Pauline Caroline Gibson, (née Boeson), aged 44, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [17]
  • Miss Dorothy Winifred Gibson, aged 22, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Claud C. Gibson, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Billy Edwin Gibson, American Seaman First Class from West Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Gibson 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: Recte et fideliter
Motto Translation: Just and faithful.


Suggested Readings for the name Gibson +

  • 113 The Gibson and Related Families by Penny Linder, Gibson, McCormick, Turner Genealogy by F. McCormick Moore.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/broxbournebury
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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