Libby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Libby is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the given name Isabel; Libby is a pet form of that name. Isabel is itself a form of the very popular female personal name Elizabeth which developed in the French region of Provence. Thus, the name Libby is a metonymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother.

Early Origins of the Libby family

The surname Libby was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Libby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Libby research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1298 and 1506 are included under the topic Early Libby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Libby Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Libby has been spelled many different ways, including Libby, Libbie, Libbey, Lebby and others.

Early Notables of the Libby family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Libby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Libby migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Libbys to arrive in North America:

Libby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Libby, who landed in Maine in 1630
  • John Libby, who landed in Maine in 1630-1635 [1]
Libby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William L and Miss A Libby, who arrived in San Francisco in 1851
  • P Libby, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • M E Libby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]
  • Martha Libby, aged 25, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1892
  • Arthur W. Libby, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Libby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Thomas Libby, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1903
  • Augustus Frost Libby, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Florence Anne Libby, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Camborne, England, in 1908
  • Harry Libby, aged 22, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles F Libby, who settled in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Libby migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Libby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Libby U.E. born in Epsom, New Hampshire, USA who settled in Schoodic Falls, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the 74th Regiment [2]

Libby migration to Australia

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

Libby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Libby, (b. 1835), aged 20, Cornish carpenter, from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Waconsta" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 2nd January 1855 [3]
  • Mr. William Libby, (b. 1869), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Jelunga" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 29th March 1891 [4]

Libby 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:

  • Mr. William Libby, (b. 1853), aged 25, Cornish farm labourer departing on 8th August 1878 aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" going to Marlborough, New Zealand arriving in port in November 1878 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Libby (post 1700)

  • Susan Libby, American businesswoman and founder of Libby Laboratories, Inc., Berkeley, California
  • Nathan "Nate" L. Libby, American politician, Member of the Maine Senate (2014-2016)
  • Charles Freeman Libby (1844-1915), American politician and lawyer, President of the Maine Senate from 1891 to 1892, President of the American Bar Association
  • Aaron F. Libby (b. 1983), American politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (2010-2014)
  • George Dalton Libby (1919-1950), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 20, 1950
  • Arthur and Charles Libby, American co-founders of Libby's, an American food company known for its canned food in 1869
  • Stephen "Steve" Augustus Libby (1853-1935), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jeff Libby (b. 1974), American former professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • Frederick Libby (1892-1970), the first American ace of World War I, recipient of the Military Cross
  • Willard Frank Libby (1908-1980), American physical chemist, famous for his role in the 1949 development of radiocarbon dating
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Libby family

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Lawrence Earl  Libby (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Master James Harris  Libby (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Thomas Libby, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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