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Origins Available: German, Scottish
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. 
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibson research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1600, 1615, 1690, 1637, 1717, 1696, 1698, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Gibson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gibson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gibson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
- Christopher Gibson, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1631
- Ann Gibson who settled in New England in 1635
- Jo Gibson, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Jon Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1637
Gibson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anne Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1701
- Amy Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Eliza Gibson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Cha Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
- Abel Gibson, who arrived in Virginia in 1746
Gibson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Fanny Gibson, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- Edward Gibson, who arrived in America in 1804
- John Gibson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1805
- Margaret Gibson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
- Alexander Gibson, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817
Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jane Gibson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
- George Gibson settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
- Mr. Gilbert Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mrs. Hannah Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. William Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Gibson, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Helen Gibson, aged 33, arrived in Canada in 1815
- Ann Gibson, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Jean Gibson, aged 7, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- James Gibson, aged 6, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- G H Gibson, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- Miss J Gibson, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Gibson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Gibson, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Edward Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- William Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839
- Harriet Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839
- Augusta Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839
Gibson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Lewis Gibson, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Maria Gibson arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
- John Gibson landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
- L Gibson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
- Sandy Robert Gibson, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Brigadier-General Herbert Daskum Gibson (1891-1980), American Commandant Replacement Training Center US Army Forces Pacific Ocean Areas (1944-1946)
- Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson (b. 1946), former NASA Astronaut with over 36 days in space
- John F. Gibson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916
- John F. Gibson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960, 1964 (alternate)
- John G. Gibson, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Utica, New York, 1896; Postmaster at Utica, New York, 1915-19
- John L. Gibson, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 13th District, 1871-73
- John M. Gibson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928 (alternate), 1932
- The Gibson and Related Families by Penny Linder.
- Gibson, McCormick, Turner Genealogy by F. McCormick Moore.
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.
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The Gibson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gibson 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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