Origin of the Name Gibson
The ancient history of the name Gibson
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gibson
include Gilbert, Gilbertson, Gibb, Gibbs, Gibbonson, Gibbons and Gibbins. Meaning 'son of Gilbert' this name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Johannes Gybbson and a Nicholas Gybonson who were recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379. A John Gybbessone was a servitor of William Douglas, one of the hostages of Henry VI in 1425. The Irish Gibsons are from Scotland and were a branch of the Clan Buchanan. In modern times the name is numerous in Ulster Province. The names Gipsey and Gibson have been used as anglicized forms of the Gaelic O'Gibealain sept name of County Roscommon, that more often changed to Giblin.
The Gibson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gibson descendants.