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Kibbe Name Meaning

English: according to Reaney this is a nickname from an unattested Old English word cybbe meaning ‘clumsy’ or ‘thickset’. Reaney’s speculation is apparently based on taking the Middle English word kibble ‘cudgel’ as a diminutive of an unattested Old English word. Corresponding personal names have been postulated for the place names Kibworth (‘enclosure of a man called Cybba’) and Kibblesworth (‘enclosure of a man called Cybbel’); so, in theory, the surname could be a reflex of these Old English personal names. North German: nickname for a cantankerous person, from Middle Low German, Middle High German kiven ‘to quarrel’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kibble, Nibbe, Krabbe, Kinne, Skibbe, Knobbe, Knabe, Kimber, Dibb

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Where is the Kibbe family from?

You can see how Kibbe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kibbe family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kibbe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Kibbe families living in New York. This was about 55% of all the recorded Kibbe's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kibbe families in 1840.
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What did your Kibbe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kibbe. 24% of Kibbe men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Kibbe women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kibbe were Clerk and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    18%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 949 immigration records available for the last name Kibbe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Kibbe. For the veterans among your Kibbe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kibbe lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kibbe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Kibbe in 1957 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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