Tebbetts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tebbetts surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name 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 Tebbetts family

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

Early History of the Tebbetts family

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

Tebbetts Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Tebbetts are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tebbetts include: Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.

Early Notables of the Tebbetts family (pre 1700)

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United States Tebbetts migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Tebbetts or a variant listed above:

Tebbetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J H Tebbetts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tebbetts (post 1700) +

  • William F. Tebbetts, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Leon O. Tebbetts, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1922-24; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1922, 1924
  • L. B. Tebbetts, American Republican politician, Member, Arrangements Committee, Republican National Convention, 1896
  • George P. Tebbetts, American politician, Mayor of San Diego, California, 1852
  • Clarence I. Tebbetts, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Concord 2nd Ward, 1948
  • A. G. Tebbetts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1880


  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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