Tebbe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Tebbe are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived 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.

Early Origins of the Tebbe family

The surname Tebbe was first found in Northampton where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Tebbe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tebbe research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tebbe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tebbe Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tebbe family name include Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.

Early Notables of the Tebbe family (pre 1700)

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United States Tebbe migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Tebbe surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Tebbe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tebbe, aged 24, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • John H Tebbe, aged 34, who landed in Missouri in 1847 [1]
  • Joh Herm Tebbe, who arrived in America in 1848-1849 [1]
  • Johan Tebbe, aged 36, who landed in Missouri in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tebbe (post 1700) +

  • Lucia Tebbe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Mark Tebbe (b. 1961), American Vice-Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Answers Corporation

  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)

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