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Origins of the Gibson surname

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What does the name Gibson mean?

Gibson is a surname that originates in England. It has a patronymic basis, and derives from someone who was the son or descendant of a person named 'Gib', a pet name for 'Gilbert'. The name appears in records from the 1300s onwards and is more prevalent in the North of England and Scottish borders than the rest of Britain.

Alternative variations of the name Gibson

Gibson, Gibsone, Gibbson, Gibsen, Gybson

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Where do most Gibsons live?

In 1921, most Gibsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Gibsons

How common is your surname?

89th most common surname in the UK

We have 340,000 records for the Gibson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Gibsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Gibson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Gibsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Gibsons in 1921


Domestic Servant


House Servant




House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Gibsons in 1921
Coal Miner






General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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