Show ContentsKibbe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Kibbe. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a person who made or sold cudgels, which were short, stout sticks used as weapons. The surname Kibbe was also applied as a nickname to a person who was considered as stout and heavy. [1]

Another source disagrees with this theory. Bardsley believes that the "surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Kibble,' i.e. Cuboid. A strong confirmation of the view that Kibbel was an old personal name is the existence of such local names as Kibblethwaite, Kibbleworth, Kibblestone, Cobbledick." [2]

Early Origins of the Kibbe family

The surname Kibbe was first found in Suffolk where Æluric Chebbel was found c. 1095. While the name does not appear in the Domesday Book of 1086, it would be safe to assume that the Kibbe family were indeed there at that time.

Later, William Kebbel was found in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1214 and in 1263 Salomon Kebbel was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1263.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 11273 included entries for a wide variety of spellings: Michael Kibbel, Huntingdonshire; William Kibbel, Cambridgeshire; Thomas Kibel, Lincolnshire; Reginald Kibel, Lincolnshire; and Stephen Cubbel, Oxfordshire. [2]

"From the 15th to the 17th century, Keeble, in the forms often of Keble, Kebill, and Kebyll, was a common name amongst the gentry and tradesmen of Stowmarket [Suffolk]. Keeble is still a Stowmarket name. In the 13th century, Kibel, Kibbel, and Kebbel were names found in the adjacent counties of Cambridge and Hunts, as well as in those of Lincoln and Oxford. There are Kibbles now in Bucks and Warwickshire." [3]

Early History of the Kibbe family

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Kibbe 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 Kibbe include Keeble, Keble, Kebbell, Kebell, Kebill, Kebyll, Kibbel, Kibble, Kibel, Keebler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kibbe family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Keble, Keeble or Kebbel (fl. 1650), English judge an old family settled at Newton in Suffolk. He was Commissioner of the Great Seal from 1649 to 1654. His youngest son Joseph Keble (1632-1710), was a barrister and essayist, born...
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Kibbe Ranking

In the United States, the name Kibbe is the 13,744th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Kibbe 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 Kibbe or a variant listed above:

Kibbe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conr W Kibbe, who arrived in America in 1845 [5]
  • Mrs. S. Kibbe, aged 75, who immigrated to America, in 1893
Kibbe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Kibbe, aged 10, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • Franz Kibbe, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Charles Frederick Kibbe, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Augustine Kibbe, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Josephine Kibbe, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1910
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Canada Kibbe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kibbe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Helen Kibbe, aged 9, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1903
  • Mary F. Kibbe, aged 38, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1903

Contemporary Notables of the name Kibbe (post 1700) +

  • Gary Brian Kibbe (1941-2020), American cinematographer from Los Angeles, California, known for his work on They Live (1988), Virtuosity (1995) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • Dr. Alice L. Kibbe (1881-1969), American botanist, Professor and Chair of Biology at Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois (1920 to 1926)
  • William Chauncey Kibbe (1822-1904), American pioneer, third Adjutant General of California
  • Matthew B. 'Matt' Kibbe, American President and CEO of FreedomWorks
  • J. E. Kibbe, American politician, Mayor of Abbeville, Louisiana, 1954 [6]
  • George F. Kibbe, American politician, First Selectman of Tolland, Connecticut, 1896-97 [6]
  • Frederick A. Kibbe, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 6th District, 1962 [6]
  • Charles R. Kibbe, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers, 1906, 1918 [6]
  • Aretus F. Kibbe, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers; Elected 1902 [6]
  • Amariah Kibbe Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers, 1820-24, 1827 [6]
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook