Garbutt Family History
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Garbutt Name Meaning
from Geribodo, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gar, ger, ‘spear’, ‘lance’ + bodo originally ‘lord’, ‘master’, but early reinterpreted as ‘messenger’. The name was borne notably by a 7th-century saint, bishop of Bayeux; as a result of his cult the name was popular among the Normans and introduced by them into England. from Geribald, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements geri, gari ‘spear’ + bald ‘bold’, ‘brave’. This name owed its popularity largely to a 9th-century saint, bishop of Châlons-sur-Seine.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press