This interesting surname of English origin with variant spellings Ibell, Ible, Ibyll, Hibble, Hible, etc., is derived from Ibel, a diminutive of Ibb, which is a pet form of the female given name Isabel, itself coming from the Hebrew personal name Elizabeth, The original form of the name was the Hebrew "Elisheva", meaning "my God is my oath". The surname dates back to the late 14th Century, (see below). Church recordings include one Thomas Ibyll who married Elsabethe Pytton on January 21st 1559, at St.Margaret's, Westminster. Hellen Ible married Roger Warde on June 15th 1578, at St. Mary le Bow, London, and John Hibble married Alice Bonsle on January 2nd 1667, at St. James, Dukes Place, London. Elizabeth Hibble married Daniel Beach on September 8th 1724, at St. Margaret's, Lee, Kent. Charles Hibble was christened at St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, London, on February 1780. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Ibelsone, which was dated 1381, in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire, during the reign of King Richard 11 of Bordeaux, 1377 - 1399. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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