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The surname McGibbon is derived from the name Gibb, a short form of the Norman personal name Gilbert. This name was originally derived from the name Gislebert, which is comprised of the Germanic elements "gisil," which means "hostage" or "noble youth," and "berht," which means "bright" or "famous." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix "fitz," which means "son of" in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word " filius," both of which mean "son." The Gaelic form of the surname McGibbon is Mac Giobúin.

McGibbon Early Origins



The surname McGibbon was first found in counties of Mayo and Limerick, where two distinct families arose shortly after Strongbow invasion of Ireland in 1172. The majority of the family hails from Mayo and were a branch of the great Burke family. They were originally known as MacGibbon Burke. They gave their name to Ballymacgibbon in County Mayo. The Limerick FitzGibbon families are descended from John Fitzgerald, whose three sons became hereditary knights of Desmond in 1333. Two branches of this family, known respectively as the knights of Glin and the knights of Kerry, remained Fitzgeralds. However, the third branch became known by the surname Fitzgibbon and was led by the White Knight, Maurice FitzGibbon, son of Sir Gilbert fitz John, eldest illegitimate son of John FitzGerald, 1st Baron Desmond. The territory of this branch lay in the southeastern corner of Limerick near County Cork.

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McGibbon Spelling Variations


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McGibbon Spelling Variations



Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name McGibbon. Some of these variations included: Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbons, MacGibbon, Gibbon, Gibbons, Gibben, Gibbens, Gibbin, Gibbins and many more.

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McGibbon Early History


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McGibbon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGibbon research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1419, 1496, 1530, 1543, 1569, 1569, 1552, 1608 and 1596 are included under the topic Early McGibbon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGibbon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGibbon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Maurice Fitzgibbon, 1st White Knight (d. 1357); David Fitzgibbon, 2nd White Knight; John Fitzgibbon, 3rd White Knight; Maurice Fitzgibbon, 4th White Knight (d. 1419); John Fitzgibbon, 5th White Knight; Maurice Mor Fitzgibbon, 6th White Knight(d. 1496); Maurice...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGibbon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name McGibbon:

McGibbon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Archibald McGibbon, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Hector McGibbon, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • John McGibbon, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

McGibbon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter McGibbon, aged 27, landed in New York or Georgia in 1775

McGibbon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McGibbon, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  • Donald McGibbon, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

McGibbon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald McGibbon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Jane McGibbon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
  • Mary J. McGibbon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGibbon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGibbon (post 1700)



  • Josann McGibbon, American screenwriter
  • Bill McGibbon, American Republican politician, Elected Arizona State House of Representatives 9th District 1998
  • Sheila R. McGibbon (1921-1997), Irish stage, radio and television actress
  • Patrick Colm "Pat" McGibbon (b. 1973), former Northern Ireland international footballer
  • James Wright McGibbon (1901-1965), Canadian timber merchant and federal politician in Quebec
  • Peter Robert McGibbon (1854-1921), Canadian lumberjack and federal politician in Quebec
  • Irving John McGibbon (1914-1981), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • William McGibbon (1690-1756), Scottish composer and violinist
  • Lewis Owen McGibbon (b. 1991), English actor
  • Peter McGibbon (1873-1936), Canadian politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McGibbon Historic Events


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McGibbon Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

The McGibbon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGibbon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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