Origin of the Name Gibbons
The origin of the name Gibbons
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'son of Gilbert', variants of the name Gibbons include Gilbert, Gilbertson, Gibb, Gibson, Gibbs, Gibbonson, Gibbins, Fitzgibbons, Gubbins and Gubbin. The source name for all these variants is Gilbert. This name was borne of the Gilbertines who were an English order founded in the twelfth century. This name is of Anglo-Norman 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. An Elizabeth Gib is recorded in Craigmakerane, Scotland , in 1585. Many of the Irish Gibbons are from Scotland and were a branch of Clan Buchanan where the variants Gubbin and Gubbins appear. Other native Gibbons may in fact be Fitzgibbons or McGibbons. The most numerous are those of County Mayo, the ancestors of these were first known as MacGibbon Burke, they being a branch of the great Norman Irish sept of Burke in County Mayo. The sept name that was assumed by this originally Norman family was MacGiobuin. A well known bearer of the family name was John Fitzgibbon, 1749-1802, who was the Lord Chancellor of Ireland .
The Gibbons 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 Gibbons descendants.