The TRIBE One-Name Study
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Origins of the name TRIBE
SOURCE: ancestry.com: TRIBE Name Meaning and History
|This interesting and uncommon surname, with variant
spellings Trybe, Tribb, Trebe, and Trubb, widely recorded in church
registers of Sussex from the mid 16th Century is of Germanic origin,
and as such, may be either a metonymic occupational name for a vine-grower,
or a nickname. The derivation in the first instance is from the Middle
High German "trube", (old High German "t(h)ruba"),
a bunch of grapes, and in the second instance may be either the old
German "trieb", force or impulse or "trub", gloomy,
sad. On November 9th 1556 Peter Tribe and Rose Loder
were married in Fernhurst, Sussex, and on November 24th 1588 Peter,
son of William Trybe, was christened in Rogate. The christening
of one Robert Trubb took place in St. Andrew by the Wardrobe,
London, on August 15th 1612. A Coat of Arms granted to the Trubb family
of Bavaria depicts a red bend charged with a silver crown between
two red stars on a silver shield. The bend represents the shoulder
strap worn by a warrior and signifies Defense. The first recorded
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Tribe
(a christening) which was dated January 3rd 1553 in Fernhurst, Sussex,
during the reign of King Edward V1, "The Boy King", 1547
- 1553. 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.
An alternative explanation is:
|1. Southern English: unexplained.
2. German: from a Germanic personal name formed with thrud- 'strength',
'energy' + bald 'bold' or berht 'bright' 'shining'.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names (2003)
See History for a further discussion of the
origins of the name TRIBE in Britain.
Variants of the name TRIBE
Variants of the TRIBE name include TRYBE, TRIBB, TREBE, TRUBB and TRIEBE.
There are also a large number of transcription errors for the name TRIBE
in official documents, especially the Censuses. So far, during the compilation
of this study, the following variations of TRIBE have been seen and authenticated