Where does the surname Libby comes from?
It is very common in Maine, the US, and Quebec, Canada.
vote up1vote down

Replies

Libby is generally derived from Isabel and in New England, in can be an alteration of the French name Labbé, from l'abbé 'the abbot', an ironic nickname.
vote up1vote down
Looking at the records though it seems the surname is derived rather from the masculine name Libbe, an import from the low countries where it is a hypocoristic form of various Germanic names such as Liutbert.Libbe, Lybbe, Lybbye appear as surnames in the early 16th Century, and a John son of Libbe appears to date from the 15th. The Libby variation appears in the mid 15th century, sometimes later in some families.L'Abbe appears to be a short form of inhabitant surnames such as "(du) Pont L'Abbe" (of Abbot's Bridge), referring to a village/feudal estate in Brittany. At least some Duponts have the same origin.

This message was edited by the author 10/16/2021, 1:22 PM

vote up1vote down