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Heraldry Database: Gibson

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Surname:  Gibson
Branch:  Gibson
Origins:  Scottish
More Info:  Scotland

Background:  The Gibsons were a sept, or division, of Clan Buchanan and Clan Cameron. From very early times, the family was seated in Galloway in southwestern Scotland, which is part of the council area of Dumfries and Galloway. Although Gibson is believed to be of Scotish origin, the surname Gibson appears in many old English records, dating back to 1379. It is a patronymic form of the common mediaeval personal name Gib, which is a short form of Gilbert. The name Gilbert was very popular in England in the Middle Ages. It is derived from Giselbert, which was introduced into England by the Normans. This name is composed of the Germanic elements gisil ("pledge", "hostage", "noble youth") and berht ("bright", "famous").


Motto:  Recte et Fideliter, Just and Faithful.
Arms:  Gu. three keys, barwise, in pale, or, within a bordure vair.
Plant:  Mayflower.

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On the Scottish westcoast, the Gibson family was born among the ancient Dalriadans clans. Their names comes from the given name Gibb, which is the diminutive form of the name Gilbert.

Historical recordings of the name Gibson include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name of Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gibbson, and many more.

First found in Galloway in south west Scotland where they were seated from very early times.

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of America War of Independence. Much later in the late 19th and earlier 20th century the Highlands games and clan societies that now dot north America sprang out, allowing many Scotts to recover their lost national heritage.

The most known Gibson : Mel Gibson

Name Variations:  Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson, Gibby, Gilson, Gibbs, Gibbes.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Neil Grant - 2000.
Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia; George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire - 1994.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Ian Grimble - 1973.
World Tartans; Iain Zaczek - 2001.
Clans and Families of Scotland; Alexander Fulton - 1991.
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_(surname) Yahoo: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070504015741AAWECxy






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