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<sigh>....This is such a long ongoing search and I hope someone here can offer some help.
I feel like such a dunce when it comes to all the history lessons one might need to take when encountering their own family history. I have just recently found a good lead on my grandmother's maiden name BIBBER.
Many of us have been trying desperately to find the origins of this aloof name. We've heard everything from Vibert in France to Van Bibber to Beaver. Finally yesterday I received an email that said that the name Jacob Bibber was found in 1590 in Colchester, England but that the book it was contained in was in the holdings of the Huguenot Society. It also went on to say that this Jacob Bibber was a Duchema(their spelling) and that the name was found in a Reigistry of Baptism from a Dutch Church in Colchester. (if I interpreted it all properly this is what I gather.) My problem is...my grandmother told me the name was of German origins, yet the Huguenot Society has the book from the Dutch Church in Colchester, England. Also, why were there Dutch in colonies in Colchester in the 1500's or before or after? Also weren't there Dutch/German relations as well?...thus the Lutheran's? If my family name is in indeed Dutch, (because the text also said that Bibber was the English spelling of the name), then how on earth will I be able to find out the Dutch spelling of the name? The majority of my Bibber ancestors moved to Maine and settled there in the early 1700's. I am so confused, I hope someone can explain all the different cultures that this name seems to hold and help me out a bit. Thanks in advance.