Gibson (surname)

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Gibson is a Scottish and English surname.[1] The name is derived from a patronymic form of the common mediaeval personal name Gib, which is a short form of Gilbert.[2] Variant forms of the surname include Gibsoun, Gipson, Gibbson, Gibbons, Gilson, Gibb, Gibbs and Gibby amongst others.[citation needed]

The personal name Gilbert was introduced into Britain by followers of William the Conqueror after the Norman Invasion of 1066. The Norman name was originally found as Gislebert or Gillebert, and is composed of the Germanic elements Gisil, meaning "hostage" or "noble youth", and berht, meaning "bright" or "famous". Gilbert became a very popular given name in England during the Middle Ages.[3]

Notable people with the surname Gibson[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 19 September 2010.  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Gibson".
  2. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 19 September 2010.  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Gibb".
  3. ^ "Gibson name origin and meaning", www.surnamedb.com, retrieved 19 September 2010