Sibly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sibly family

The surname Sibly 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 Sibly family

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Sibly 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 Sibly family (pre 1700)

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United States Sibly migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sibly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sibly, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1640
  • John Sibly, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]

New Zealand Sibly 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:

Sibly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Sibly, aged 25, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Eliza Sibly, aged 28, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Miss Eliza Sibly, (b. 1835), aged 28, Cornish settler departing on 18th June 1863 aboard the ship "Accrington" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th September 1863 [2]
  • Mr. Richard Sibly, (b. 1838), aged 25, Cornish mason departing on 18th June 1863 aboard the ship "Accrington" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th September 1863 [2]
  • Mr. Silas Sibly, (b. 1841), aged 34, Cornish mason departing on 29th April 1875 aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd August 1875 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sibly (post 1700) +

  • Manoah Sibly (1757-1840), English Swedenborgian, born at Bristol, brother of Ebenezer Sibly
  • Ebenezer Sibly (1751-1799), English physician, astrologer and writer on the occult, son of a mechanic and brother of Manoah Sibly


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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