Sibbald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sibbald family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Sibbald is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Sibbald was given to someone who lived in Bavaria and Hessen, where this family became an important contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.

Early Origins of the Sibbald family

The surname Sibbald was first found in Bavaria and Hessen, where this family name became an important contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Siebold became an integral part of that turbulent region, forming alliances with other families within the feudal nation.

Early History of the Sibbald family

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Sibbald Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Sibbald include Siebold, Sibbald, Siebel, Sieble, Siebelt, Siebald, Sieboldt, Siebolt, Sieboltt, Sibbalt, Sibbaltt, Siebeld, Siebeltt, Siebalt and many more.

Early Notables of the Sibbald family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Sibbald in this period include the Siebolds of Wuerzburg, who were renowned for their contributions to medical surgery in the nineteenth century; Carl Caspar Siebold was one of the most famous German surgeons of the time, and...
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United States Sibbald migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Sibbald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Sibbald, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1777
Sibbald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Sibbald, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Mary Sibbald, who settled in California in 1853
  • Mary Sibbald, who arrived in California in 1853 [1]

Canada Sibbald migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sibbald Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Sibbald, who arrived in Ontario in 1819

West Indies Sibbald migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Sibbald Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • David Sibbald, who arrived in Jamaica in 1772

Contemporary Notables of the name Sibbald (post 1700) +

  • Robert A. Sibbald, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Bergen County Democratic Party, 1913 [3]
  • James Sibbald (1745-1803), Scottish bookseller and author, the son of John Sibbald, farmer of Whitlaw, Roxburghshire
  • John Patrick "Jack" Sibbald (1890-1956), English professional football forward who played from 1910 to 1924
  • Mark Sibbald (b. 1984), Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Commander John Sibbald, British Naval officer, eponym of Cape Sibbald, Victoria Land, Antarctica
  • Robert Louis "Bobby" Sibbald (b. 1948), English former footballer and manager
  • Barbara Sibbald (b. 1958), Canadian novelist and an award-winning freelance journalist
  • Craig Sibbald (b. 1995), Scottish professional footballer

Ibrox disaster
  • James William Sibbald (1943-1971), Scottish football supporter, from Edinburgh who was at the Ibrox disaster on 2nd January 1971 when a human crush among the crowd killed 66 and injured 200 people he died of his injuries [4]


  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. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bradford City Football Club In memory (retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://www.bradfordcityafc.com/club/in-memoriam/


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