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Wibberley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the name Wibberley are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Wigburh, a feminine name meaning "war-fortress." It was recorded once in 901 (as a personal name) and did not appear again until the 12th century. The record of the name from the 12th century is from Suffolk, where Wyburgh was recorded in church records in Bury, sometime between the years 1182 and 1211. This makes this name a metronymic vernacular name. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of metronymic 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.

Early Origins of the Wibberley family


The surname Wibberley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Wibberley family


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Wibberley 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 Wibberley family name include Wybrew, Wibbery, Wybbery, Whybrew, Whybrow, Wyebrough, Wybrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Wibberley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wibberley family to the New World and Oceana


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 Wibberley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Wibberley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wibberley, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Britannic" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3S-M3T : 6 December 2014), Charles Wibberley, 04 Oct 1895; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Britannic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Wibberley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Wibberley, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFT1-FM2 : 6 December 2014), John Wibberley, 03 Oct 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Mary Ellen Wibberley, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFT1-FML : 6 December 2014), Mary Ellen Wibberley, 03 Oct 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Nellie Wibberley, aged 27, originally from Bedford, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from London, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QQ-4YZ : 6 December 2014), Nellie Wibberley, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port London, England, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Wibberley (post 1700)


  • Marianne Wibberley (b. 1965), American screenwriter and producer, wife of Cormac Wibberley; together they are a husband and wife screenwriting team
  • Cormac Wibberley (b. 1959), American screenwriter and producer, son of Leonard Wibberley
  • Leonard Patrick O'Connor Wibberley (1915-1983), Irish-born, American author, best known for his books that were made into movies: The Mouse That Roared (1959), The Mouse on the Moon (1963), The Hands of Cormac Joyce (1972)
  • Mary Wibberley (1934-2013), English romantic fiction writer
  • Marcus Wibberley (b. 1981), British organist, conductor and choir trainer, Director of Music of Hexham Abbey since 2011

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3S-M3T : 6 December 2014), Charles Wibberley, 04 Oct 1895; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Britannic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFT1-FM2 : 6 December 2014), John Wibberley, 03 Oct 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFT1-FML : 6 December 2014), Mary Ellen Wibberley, 03 Oct 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QQ-4YZ : 6 December 2014), Nellie Wibberley, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port London, England, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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