The German surname Ibsen has several possible origins. Firstly, the surname may be of patronymic
origin, derived from the name of the father of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Ibsen comes from the Frisian personal name
Ibo, which stem from either the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, or from the Old High German "hiltja" meaning "battle, handle of a sword." Or the name could come from the Frisian personal name Eybe, a short from of Eilbert. Also Ibing, which is documented in the sources, can be a short form of Ibbers or Ibbeken. The name Ibsen, also appears in sources as a female personal name
, as in Yba in Hamburg in the 13th century, and Ybika in Westphalia
in 1275. Thus the surname can also be matronymic, derived from the personal name of the mother. Alternatively, the surname Ibsen can be of locative origin, from a geographical feature near which the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. Here, we find the surname Ibsen again deriving from the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, suggesting that the bearer lived nest to such a tree. Also, the surname Ibsen may be of toponymic origin, derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. There are many towns with the element "Ibe" in Germany
, such as Ibach, Ibendahl, Eiba, Eibau, and Ibendorf. In Hamburg and Flensburg, the "b" often appears as a "p," creating names like Ipsen.
Early Origins of the Ibsen family
The surname Ibsen was first found in Lower Saxony
, where the name is connected to Bremen and Hamburg. The name also appears often in Röstock, in Mecklenburg. However, the surname Ibsen can be traced back to 13th century Carinthia, where one named Ivo was the archbishop in 1254. Jacob Ybing resided in Hamburg in 1266, and Godeke Yben filius
Ybonis in Stralsund in 1300. Ybo de Frisia was recorded in 1301. Konrad von der Ybe was a resident of Freiberg in Saxony
in the year 1412, and Franz Yban was the archpriest of that city in 1425.
Early History of the Ibsen family
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Ibsen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Iben, Ibe, Iber, Ibsen, Ipsen, Ibing, Iba, Iva, Ihbe, Eibe and many more.
Early Notables of the Ibsen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ibsen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ibsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hans S. Ibsen was naturalized in Wisconsin in 1912
- Preben Ibsen in Alabama in 1928
Contemporary Notables of the name Ibsen (post 1700)
- George O. Ibsen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Tancred Ibsen Jr. (1921-2015), Norwegian diplomat, Norwegian ambassador to China (1979-1982) and to India (1982-1986)