This unusual and interesting surname of English origin is a patronymic of the French personal name Theobald, of the common medieval given name Tebald, Tibalt (Old French Teobaud, Tibaut), itself deriving from a Germanic given name composed of the elements "theudo" meaning "people", "race" plus "bald" "bold" or "brave". The surname dates back to the early 14th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Stephen Tybet (1332) "The Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Tibbets, Tibbetts, Tibbitt, Tibbatts, Tibbotts, etc.. One, William Tibbet, son of Robert, was christened at St. Katherine by the Tower, London on November 2nd 1628, and Ann Tibbitt married John Winchomb in London on August 29th 1676. Ursula, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Tibbits, was christened at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London on December 25th 1711. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Tybote, which was dated 1327, "The Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire", during the reign of King Edward 111, "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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