Tibbey is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes 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
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 Tibbey family
The surname Tibbey was first found in Northampton
where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Tibbey family
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Tibbey Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Tibbey has undergone many spelling variations
, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.
Early Notables of the Tibbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tibbey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tibbey were among those contributors:
Tibbey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Tibbey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 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)
Tibbey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W H Tibbey, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843