The surname Gibson, found in Scotland, Ireland and England is of patronymic origin meaning son of, or descendant of Gibb. The personal name Gibb was a common medieval form of the first name Gilbert a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements gisil meaning “pledge, hostage, or noble youth.” The first recorded reference to the name was Henry Gibsone, in the "Records of the Borough of Nottinghamshire" in 1131. An early recorded namebearer to settle in the New World Colonies was Joseph Gibson, aged 20 yrs., who embarked from the Port of London on the "Globe" in August 1635, bound for Virginia.
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