Show ContentsIbbetson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Ibbetson date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name 'Isabel' as in 'the son of Isabel.' [1]

Early Origins of the Ibbetson family

The surname Ibbetson was first found in Yorkshire, where they were an important north country family with a rich and unique history. By example, "Denton Park, the property of Sir Charles Ibbetson, Bart., lord of the manor, is a handsome mansion, built in 1760, and situated in a well-wooded park, overlooking the river Wharfe." [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included listings as a forename and surname in a wide variety of spellings: Johannes Ibotteson; Ibot Baker; Ibota Waferer; Robertus Ibbotson; and Matilda Ibot, doghter (daughter). [1]

John Ibotessone was found in Nottinghamshire in 1392. [3]

As one might suspect, the "son" was added at some point as the root of the name was indeed recorded earlier. Ybot and Ibbota were found in Yorkshire in 1286 and 1314, and in 1415 Roger Ybott was registered in London. [3]

Early History of the Ibbetson family

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Ibbetson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ibbetson include Ibbetson, Ibbotson, Ibbitson, Ibetson, Ibotson, Ibitson, Ibbet, Ibbot, Ibbit, Ibiot, Ibboteson, Ibotessone, Ibbison and many more.

Early Notables of the Ibbetson family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Julius Ibbetson, was a prominent 18th century painter and Sir Henry Ibbetson, Baronet of Denton

United States Ibbetson migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ibbetson or a variant listed above:

Ibbetson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Ibbetson, who arrived in New York in 1798 [4]
Ibbetson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Ibbetson to Philadelphia in 1877

Australia Ibbetson migration to Australia +

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

Ibbetson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Ibbetson, (b. 1790), aged 27, English labourer who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Batavia" in October 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1863 [5]
  • Mr. George Ibbetson, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ibbetson (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Bernard Ibbetson (b. 1953), American Olympic silver medalist rower at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Mrs. Agnes Ibbetson (1757-1823), English vegetable physiologist, daughter of Andrew Thomson, born in London in 1757 where she married a barrister named Ibbetson, who died before her [7]
  • Captain Levett Landon Boscawen Ibbetson (1799-1869), English century geologist, inventor and soldier
  • Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817), British landscape and watercolour painter, born at Scarborough on 29 Dec. 1759, son of Richard Ibbetson, who had belonged to the Moravian community at Fulneck in Yorkshire [7]
  • Robert Ibbetson, British colonial governor of the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore from 1832 to 1834
  • Arthur Ibbetson BSC (1922-1997), British Primetime Emmy Award winning, Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominated cinematographer
  • Sir Denzil Charles Jelf Ibbetson KCSI (1847-1908), British administrator in India and author, Chief-Commissioner of the Central Provinces and Berar (1898 to 1899) and Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab in 1907

The Ibbetson 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: Vixi liber et moriar
Motto Translation: I have lived a freeman and will die one.

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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 11 August 2020 on Facebook