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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


Gibson Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Gibson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gibson Early History


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Gibson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gibson research. Another 238 words (17 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Gibson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gibson Early Notables (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...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gibson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gibson In Ireland


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Gibson In Ireland



Some of the Gibson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • ... (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
  • 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
  • ... (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, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gibson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jane Gibson, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • George Gibson, aged 36, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. William Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Gilbert Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mrs. Hannah Gibson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (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, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

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, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Edward Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • William Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  • Harriet Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  • Augusta Gibson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gibson (post 1700)



  • 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
  • John Strickland Gibson (1893-1960), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1941-47
  • John T. Gibson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Huntington, West Virginia, 1875-81
  • John W. Gibson (1910-1976), American Democrat politician, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1945-49;; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1948; Chairman, U.S. Displaced Persons Commission, 1950-52
  • ... (Another 190 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gibson Historic Events


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Gibson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Victor Gibson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John James  Gibson (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas Gibson (b. 1916), Scottish Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Uphall, Linlithgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John H Gibson (b. 1922), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James Gibson (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stepney, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Geoffrey Gibson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Matthew Orr Gibson, Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Gibson


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Suggested Readings for the name Gibson



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

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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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