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Origin and Meaning of Gibbon

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gib"bon
Any arboreal ape of the genus Hylobates, of which many species and varieties inhabit the East Indies and Southern Asia. They are tailless and without cheek pouches, and have very long arms, adapted for climbing.

Note: ☞ The white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar), the crowned (H. pilatus), the wou-wou or singing gibbon (H. agilis), the siamang, and the hoolock. are the most common species.

Note: ☞ The white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar), the crowned (H. pilatus), the wou-wou or singing gibbon (H. agilis), the siamang, and the hoolock. are the most common species.

Etymology: Cf. F. gibbon

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Smallest and most perfectly anthropoid arboreal ape having long arms and no tail; of southern Asia and East Indies
  2. English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)

Notable Persons Named Gibbon

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gibbon

Edward Gibbon was a Member of Parliament for Lymington, Member of Parliament for Liskeard, Member of ParliamentforLymington, and Member of ParliamentforLiskeard. Edward was born on April 27th, 1737 in Putney, Surrey, England. He died on January 16th, 1794.


John Gibbon is a military person. His military service ended in 1847.


Lewis Grassic Gibbon was a writer. His career lasted from 1928 to 1935. Lewis was given the name James Leslie Mitchell on February 13th, 1901 in Hillhead Seggat, Auchterless, Aberdeenshire. He breathed his last breath on February 7th, 1935.


Mark Gibbon is an actor. He has been prominent since 1993. Mark was born in Canada.


Gibbon is a comics character.


John Heysham Gibbon was a scientist in the field of surgery. John was born on September 29th, 1903 in Philadelphia. He left this life on February 5th, 1973.


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Popularity of Gibbon as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gibbon U.S.
  White 84.77% 64.26%
  African American 8.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gibbon

People with the last name Gibbon are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gibbon

  • How Popular is the name Gibbon? As a last name Gibbon was the 19,716th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Gibbon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gibbon is Tuesday, March 28th, 1876.
  • How unique is the name Gibbon? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gibbon. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Gibbon: Your name in reverse order is Nobbig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Biobng. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gibbon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,366 people with the last name Gibbon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gibbon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gibbon as their last name since less than 1 person in 217k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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