Origin of the Name Gribben
The ancient history of the name Gribben
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 Gribben
include McCribben, Cribben, Gribbon, Gibbon and Giben. This name in Irish is O'Gribin and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Ulster .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The name is first found on record in the year 1690 when five O'Gribbens were outlawed for being Jacobites, all being from Counties Down and Antrim. Two Gaelic scribes of the name were of some note in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. O'Gribbin appears in the Hearth Money Rolls in the seventeenth century. The variant MacCribben is mostly found in County Mayo, and is often derived from the native Gaelic MacRoibin sept.
The Gribben 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 Gribben descendants.