Show ContentsIbbotson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Ibbotson family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Ibbotson comes from the baptismal name 'Isabel' as in 'the son of Isabel.' [1]

Early Origins of the Ibbotson family

The surname Ibbotson 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 Ibbotson family

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Ibbotson 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 Ibbotson include Ibbetson, Ibbotson, Ibbitson, Ibetson, Ibotson, Ibitson, Ibbet, Ibbot, Ibbit, Ibiot, Ibboteson, Ibotessone, Ibbison and many more.

Early Notables of the Ibbotson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Ibbot (1680-125), English divine, son of Thomas Ibbot, vicar of Swaffham and rector of Beachamwell, Norfolk, was born at Beachamwell in 1680. He was admitted at Clare Hall, Cambridge, 25 July 1695. Having graduated B.A. in 1699, he migrated to Corpus Christi College in 1700...
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United States Ibbotson 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 Ibbotson or a variant listed above:

Ibbotson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Ibbotson, who arrived in New York in 1836 [4]
  • Arthur William Ibbotson, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1852
  • Harvey Ibbotson to Philadelphia in 1854

Canada Ibbotson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ibbotson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Ibbotson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Ibbotson migration to Australia +

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

Ibbotson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Ibbotson who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 3rd October 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [5]
  • Mr. John Ibbotson, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Ibbotson, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Annie Ibbotson, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Ibbotson, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 6 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 28th January 1864, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [9]

New Zealand Ibbotson 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:

Ibbotson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ibbotson, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Thomas Ibbotson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ibbotson (post 1700) +

  • Jimmy Ibbotson, American musician, a longtime member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Roger G Ibbotson, American Professor of finance at Yale School of Management
  • Gordon Ibbotson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1956 [11]
  • George Derek Ibbotson MBE (1932-2017), English bronze medalist runner
  • Peter M. Ibbotson, English philatelist, awarded the Crawford Medal by the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1991
  • George Derek Ibbotson MBE (b. 1932), English bronze medalist runner who set a new world record in the mile in 1957
  • Henry Ibbotson (1816-1886), English botanist
  • Vice Admiral Sir Richard Jeffrey Ibbotson KBE CB DSC (b. 1954), British former Royal Navy officer, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 2009
  • Garrick Ibbotson (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer
  • Lancelot William Cripps Ibbotson, British railway executive
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Howard Burt Ibbotson, American Fireman First Class from California, 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 [12]

The Ibbotson 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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