The surname of BIBBE was a baptismal name 'the son of Bibbe' an ancient, although now forgotten personal name which is now a Yorkshire and Lancashire surname. A family names Bibby, which possessed a freehold at Ribchester during the 14th century, are descended from Richard Bibby, living in the late 13th century, who was the son of a woman named Bibbi.
Other records of the name mention William Bibbi of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Henricus Bibbe, was recorded in 1397 in County Yorkshire. Thomas Bybie of County Essex, registered at Oxford University in 1595. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status.
Nicholas Bibby of Openshaw, County Lancashire, was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1620, and Susan, daughter of Adam Bidd was baptised at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1603.
Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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