Kibble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kibble comes from one of the family having worked as a person who made or sold cudgels, which were short, stout sticks used as weapons. The surname Kibble 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 Kibble family

The surname Kibble 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 Kibble 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 Kibble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kibble research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1510, 1644, 1523, 1607, 1686, 1806, 1807, 1809, 1650, 1649, 1654, 1632, 1710, 1632, 1711, 1786, 1711, 1792 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Kibble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kibble Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kibble have been found, including: Keeble, Keble, Kebbell, Kebell, Kebill, Kebyll, Kibbel, Kibble, Kibel, Keebler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kibble 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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United States Kibble migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Kibble, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Kibble Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Kibble, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [4]
Kibble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Kibble, who arrived in Virginia in 1789 [4]
Kibble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Kibble, (b. 1782), aged 50, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship “Andromeda” arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Kibble, (b. 1812), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship “Andromeda” arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [5]
  • Mr. William Kibble, (b. 1824), aged 8, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship “Andromeda” arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [5]
  • Mr. John Kibble, (b. 1818), aged 14, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship “Andromeda” arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [5]

Australia Kibble migration to Australia +

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

Kibble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Kibble (post 1700) +

  • John Westly Kibble (1892-1969), nicknamed "Happy," an American Major League Baseball third baseman for the Cleveland Naps in 1912
  • George Herbert Kibble (1865-1923), English cricketer who played for Kent during the 1889 season
  • Brendan Kibble (b. 1963), nicknamed "Wig, " an Australian singer, songwriter, and guitarist
  • John Kibble, Scottish merchant who had Kibble Palace, a wrought iron framed glasshouse built for his home at Coulport on Loch Long in the 1860s
  • Nita Kibble (1879-1962), Australian librarian, founding member of the Australian Institute of Librarians, eponym of the Nita Kibble Literary Award, sponsored by her niece Nita Dobbie upon her death
  • Chris Kibble (b. 1963), British jazz musician
  • Sir Thomas Walter Bannerman "Tom" Kibble CBE FRS (1932-2016), British theoretical physicist and senior research investigator at The Blackett Laboratory, co-eponym of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism


  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. ^ 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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809


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