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The surname McKibben 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 McKibben is Mac Giobúin.

McKibben Early Origins



The surname McKibben 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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McKibben Spelling Variations


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McKibben Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name McKibben, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbons, MacGibbon, Gibbon, Gibbons, Gibben, Gibbens, Gibbin, Gibbins and many more.

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McKibben Early History


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McKibben Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKibben 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 McKibben History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKibben Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKibben 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 McKibben 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



Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name McKibben:

McKibben Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McKibben, who landed in New York in 1826
  • Joseph McKibben, aged 32, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • John McKibben, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Moses McKibben, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Samuel McKibben, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1861

McKibben Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McKibben was recorded in Toronto in the census of 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKibben (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKibben (post 1700)



  • Peggy McKibben, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1948
  • Larry McKibben (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1998; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2004
  • Frank R. McKibben, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1892
  • L.D. McKibben, U.S. Navy, shipfitter with the South Pole Station winter party in 1963, eponym of Mount McKibben, Antarctica
  • Ray McKibben (1946-1968), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Larry McKibben (b. 1947), American politician, Member of the Iowa Senate from the 22nd district (1997)
  • Howard D. McKibben (b. 1940), American jurist
  • Chuck McKibben (b. 1947), American voice actor
  • William Ernest "Bill" McKibben (b. 1960), American environmentalist and author

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Suggested Readings for the name McKibben


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Suggested Readings for the name McKibben



  • The Descendants of William & Mary Simms by Vivian York Simms.

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McKibben Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    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. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The McKibben Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKibben 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 November 2016 at 11:35.

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