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Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Gibben, Gibbin, Giblett, Giblin, Gibling, Gibbon and Gubbin, this is a medieval English surname, but of Anglo-Saxon and Olde German pre 7th century origins. It is both a patronymic and a diminutive, and in addition has two possible origins. Firstly, it may have originated from the personal name "Gebwine", composed of the elements, "geba", meaning a gift, and "wine" meaning " friend"; or secondly it may have derived as a diminutive of the medieval pet name Gibb, and a short form of the given name Gilbert.

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