Show ContentsTebay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tebay is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the Old French personal name Theobald, which comes from the Germanic name Theudebald. It probably came to England in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066, when King William actively encouraged immigration of skilled craftsmen and administrators from the continent. Theobald means "people bold" and was a common continental name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. This particular patronym is derived from a diminutive of the name Theobald; a common diminutive of Theobald was Tib, Tib-et is a double diminutive (a diminutive of a diminutive) of the name. [1]

Early Origins of the Tebay family

The surname Tebay was first found in Worcestershire where John Tybote was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. Later Stephen Tybet was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332. Much later in Suffolk, Jaraes Tibbett was listed in 1674. [2]

Early History of the Tebay family

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Tebay Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tebay has been recorded under many different variations, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.

Early Notables of the Tebay family (pre 1700)

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United States Tebay migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tebay or a variant listed above:

Tebay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. Hugh Tebay, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Frank Tebay, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Barrow-in-Furness, England, in 1908
  • Thomas Tebay, aged 40, who settled in America from Tenterden, England, in 1912
  • William Tebay, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Victor Tebay, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tebay (post 1700) +

  • Henry Tebay (1866-1946), English cricketer
  • Mrs Charlotte Tebay (1819-1901), English philatelist, one of the first women to organise the first stamp exhibitions in London

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook