The rich and ancient history of the Tibbets family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes 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
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 Tibbets family
The surname Tibbets was first found in Northampton
where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Tibbets family
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Tibbets Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tibbets have been found, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.
Early Notables of the Tibbets family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tibbets family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tibbets, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Tibbets Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Walter Tibbets, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1651 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Tibbets Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Doctor Tibbets and his wife settled in San Francisco in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Tibbets (post 1700)
- Andrew W. Tibbets (1830-1898), American soldier who fought in the American Civil War, awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery
- Luther C. Tibbets (1820-1902), American merchant and farmer who supplied the federal government during the American Civil War; he introduced seedless navel oranges to California, husband of Eliza Tibbets
- Eliza Tibbets (1823-1898), American who introduced seedless navel oranges to California; wife of Luther C. Tibbets
- Paul Warfield Tibbets (1915-2007), American Commander of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
- Paul W. Tibbets IV, United States Air Force brigadier general, grandson of Paul Tibbets