The surname of NIBBS was a baptismal name 'the son of Isabel' from the nickname Nib or Nibbs. The name is also spelt as Knibb and Nobbs. The name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066. Early records of the name mention John Nybbe who was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Edward Knibbe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. Other records of the name mention Margaret Nibb, daughter of Thomas Nib, who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1677. William Knebb and Susan Awsten who were married in London in the year 1604, and Isaac Knibbs and Elizabeth Hawkins were married at St. Antholin, London in the year 1734. John Colbeck wed Susanna Knibb at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1795, and Henry Knibs married Sarah Rook at the same church in 1803. John Nibbs wed Sarah Johnson at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1787. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.
The arms were registered in Flanders.
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