Tibbitts is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and 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.
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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 Tibbitts have been found, including Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.
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 Tibbitts, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Tibbitts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Walter Tibbitts, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1651 
Tibbitts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Alfred E. Tibbitts, aged 28, originally from Birmingham, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England
Edith Tibbitts, originally from Birmingham, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England
George Joseph Tibbitts, aged 52, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Liverpool, England
Parey F. Tibbitts, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal C. Z. 
F.T. Tibbitts, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mundale" from Puerto Padre, Cuba 
Clark Tibbitts (1903-1985), American gerontologist who helped bring attention to the topic of aging and establish programs for aging populations in the United States, Director of the institute for Human Adjustment at the University of Michigan
^ 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)