Sibley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sibley family

The surname Sibley was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. The name is said to have been derived from the ancient Sibbelee, a woman's Christian name, and has been traced through Sibilla, Sybbly, and finally Sibley. Sibilla was the name of a Greek princess who uttered the ancient oracles, and is represented on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The present Christian name Sybil is also from the same source. In 1273, Geoffrey Sibilie held lands in Suffolk. William, Duke of Normany's son married a Sibylla.

Early History of the Sibley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sibley research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1604 is included under the topic Early Sibley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sibley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sibley, Siblee, Sibbills, Sibleigh, Siblie, Sibly, Sibbly, Sible, Sibely, Sibili, Sebley, Sibble, Sibbles, Sybly and many more.

Early Notables of the Sibley family (pre 1700)

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United States Sibley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sibley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sibley who was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Sibley, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
Sibley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Sibley, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Richard Sibley, who arrived in America in 1765 [1]
Sibley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Roelof Sibley, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • J Sibley, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Figby Sibley, aged 10, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • H Sibley, aged 43, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Roelof Sibley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sibley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ada Gertrude Sibley, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from North Allerton, in 1906
  • Albert Sibley, aged 24, who landed in America from Devonport, England, in 1906
  • Alice Sibley, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Brighnel, England, in 1908
  • Alfred Sibley, aged 25, who landed in America from Middlesboro, England, in 1910
  • Albert Sibley, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Southampton, in 1923

Canada Sibley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sibley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Sibley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Henry Sibley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • David and Henry Sibley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Sibley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Corns Sibley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sibley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Sibley, aged 39, who settled in Carsland Alta, Canada, in 1924

Australia Sibley migration to Australia +

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

Sibley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Sibley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [2]
  • Thomas Sibley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [2]
  • Louise Sibley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [2]
  • William Sibley, English Convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Joseph Sibley (aged 32), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sibley 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:

Sibley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Sibley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Sibley, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Miss Elizabeth Sibley, (b. 1852), aged 17, English geenral servant, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sibley (post 1700) +

  • Solomon Sibley (1769-1846), American politician, Delegate to Congress and Supreme Court Justice for Michigan Territory
  • Marilyn McAdams Sibley (1921-2006), American historian, president of the Texas State Historical Association (1981 to 1982)
  • Hiram Sibley (1807-1888), American entrepreneur who founded Sibley College of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanic Arts, Ithaca, New York
  • Henry Hopkins Sibley (1816-1886), Confederate brigadier general
  • Henry Hastings Sibley (1811-1891), first Governor of Minnesota (1858 to 1860)
  • David McAdams Sibley Sr. (b. 1948), Texas politician and lobbyist
  • David Allen Sibley (b. 1962), American ornithologist, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds
  • Charles Sibley (1917-1998), American ornithologist and molecular biologist
  • Celestine Sibley (1914-1999), American writer
  • Alexander Hamilton Sibley (1817-1878), American-born, Canadian businessman, president of the Silver Islet Mining Company which operated the first silver mine in Ontario
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Cyril Sibley (d. 1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]
  • Arthur Sibley (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Delmar Dale Sibley, American Seaman First Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Sibley +

  • 3465 "The Sibley Family in America, 1629-1972" by James Scarborough Sibley, "The Sibley Family in America, 1629-1972: with Data Compiled by 1982" by James Scarborough Sibley.

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  4. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1856.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  7. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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