Sibethorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
When the ancestors of the Sibethorpe family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Nottinghamshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old Norse words sib, meaning victory, and thorp, meaning outlying farm or hamlet. 
Early Origins of the Sibethorpe family
The surname Sibethorpe was first found in Nottinghamshire at Sibthorpe, a parish in the union of Bingham. "In the reign of Edward II., Thomas de Sibthorpe founded a chantry in the church, and subsequently erected it into a college for a warden, nine chaplains, three clerks, and four choristers; he also added four chapels, in honour of St. Anne, St. Katharine, St. Margaret, and St. Mary." 
The family is conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Fredegis, who held the lands of Sibetorp (Sibthorpe) from Count Alan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Survey in 1086 Sibetorp consisted of a church and one and a quarter mills. In the graveyard of the church there were twenty Irish yew trees, which have gained fame throughout the years. "A Robert and William de Sibetorp occur in the Domesday [Book] of that county, and the name is found in connection with Sibthorpe down to the 14th century. " 
The family quickly spread throughout ancient Britain as seen by Robert de Sibthorpe, who was rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire in 1374. 
Early History of the Sibethorpe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sibethorpe research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1395, 1896, 1632, 1607, 1618, 1662, 1669, 1718, 1713, 1715, 1713, 1797, 1747, 1784, 1758, 1796 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Sibethorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sibethorpe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sibethorpe have been found, including Sibetorp, Sibthorp, Sibthorpe, Sibethorp and many more.
Early Notables of the Sibethorpe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Christopher Sibthorp (d. 1632), English pamphleteer who made third justice of the King's bench in Ireland on 11 May 1607, and was knighted on 3 May 1618; Robert Sibthorpe or Sibthorp (died 1662), an English clergyman, known for his outspoken defense of the divine right of kings during the reign of...
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Migration of the Sibethorpe family to Ireland
Some of the Sibethorpe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sibethorpe family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sibethorpe were among those contributors: Christopher Sibthorpe and his wife Barbara, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1686; Ann Sibthorpe, who landed in America in 1771; and William Sibthorpe, who landed in America in 1756..
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The Sibethorpe Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].