Gibbs Family History & Genealogy

Updated Apr 16, 2015

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Gibbs Surname History

The Gibbs have a long, long history that includes many Lords.  The family has served all the Kings & Queens of England from William, Duke of Normandy, to Elizabeth the Second.  There has been a Governor of the Bank of England, a Cardinal of France, a Lt Col who was in charge of the bodyguard of Washington.  A Gibbs family member was also the last tutor of the Romanov Family.

The Gibbs surname first appeared in England at the Battle of Hastings - the name is recorded at Battle Abbey.  The family were not Normans but Bretons.  One of that line of the family became Cardinal of France in 1500.  He is buried at the Vatican in Italy.  The DNA shows the family to have moved up through Spain via North Africa (Carthaginians) who themselves were originally Pheonicians from Byblos (in Israel) where they were called Cananites.

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Christopher Gibbs So I have always wondered where my lineage is from. I only know a few generations, but we are all from Iowa. There have been 4 generations of Gibbs living around union area for more then 100 yrs. I am wondering what came before that? Can anyone out there help?
Apr 26, 2006 · Reply
Sarah Gibbs I never knew my dad, i have only good memories and no pictures. Today august of 2013 my brother Ricky Earl Gibbs notified me of his passing. I'm begging all of you to please send me pictures and all the family tree info you know of, please. My mother Glenda Thomas is not my favorite person so all that links me to him is you Gibbs. I want all to know he has 7 beautiful grandchildren and two angry but still trying kids in Bakersfield Ca, where he left us. I don't want my mothers stories to be my memories so please send me something, like why he died and with who by his side. In 1998 we went to kansas to see my mother and look for him, we found him and he was on the next bus to us. We all spent the day together as family,exchanged info and he was never spoken of again.
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Gibbs Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The Gibbs family possibly originated in the area now occupied by the Black Sea when it was flooded by the Meditteranian. They then became Caananites, Phoenecians, Carthaginians, and Bretons, moving on into England.

Gibbs Meaning & Etymology

The origin is unknown but given the number of Gibbs that have been involved with religion, it may have some connection in that regard, possibly meaning a sort of priest.  

Gibbs Life Expectancy

According to our database of 25,816 people with the last name Gibbs that have a birth and death date listed:

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Famous People named Gibbs

Famous members of the Gibbs family:

  • Robert Guibe, Cardinal of France 
  • Robert Gibb, Lord of Carriber who's story is very interesting and still being discovered.  

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Most Common Gibbs First Names

According to our database of 43,096 people with the last name Gibbs that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • William 3.1%
  • John 2.9%
  • James 2.6%
  • Mary 1.9%
  • Robert 1.8%
  • Charles 1.7%
  • George 1.5%
  • Thomas 1.2%
  • Edward 0.9%
  • Richard 0.8%
  • Joseph 0.8%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Gibbs 0.7%
  • Elizabeth 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Walter 0.7%
  • Arthur 0.6%
  • Margaret 0.6%
  • Harry 0.6%
  • Samuel 0.6%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Albert 0.5%
  • Willie 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Alice 0.4%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Frederick 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Annie 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%
  • Paul 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Anna 0.3%
  • Howard 0.3%
  • Herbert 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Alfred 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Lillian 0.3%
  • Virginia 0.3%
  • Michael 0.3%

Gibbs Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

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So far no association has been found with GIBSON.  

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