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Origins of Surname Kyberd & variations
Posted by: Nancye Townsend (ID *****0407) Date: February 11, 2009 at 18:56:30
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Surname: Kyberd
This very unusual name is apparently first recorded in London in the
mid 17th century, which clearly indicates that it is a derivative of
an original name. It is almost certainly of Olde English origin, the
basic form being "Cybbel" later found in medieval times as "Kybbel or
Kibble" and being job descriptive for a maker (or possibly user) of
cudgels - a heavy club. The modern spellings include Kibbel and
Keeble, the patronymics taking the French suffix "ard" to mean "son of
Kibb or Kybb" as in and including the following (with their dates of
recording), Kyberd (1761), Kibert (1691), Kybird (1765), Kibard (1810)
, Kybert (1818) etc. The first recorded spelling of the family name is
shown to be that of Nathan Kibberd. which was dated 1680 Married
Rebecca Street at St. James, Duke St., London. during the reign of
King Charles 11, known as "The Merry Monarch" 1660 - 1685. 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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