JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: GIBIAN(SKI), Poland #general


Bheinrich@...
 

All this lumber discussion raises a question for me. My 90 year old father
maintains that our family name Gibian (Gibianski in Poland) means pine forest.
The earliest Gibianski mention in Landsmann was >from Giby. Is there anything
to the theory?

Also, family tradition has it that the Gibian family was descended >from the
Gibeonites. The Gibeonites were Temple servants in Jerusalem and were punished
by Joshua ( Josh 9:29) for their ruse and made to be hewers of wood and water
carriers. Gibeon still exists-now called al-Jib, but this theory sounds too
far fetched to have any truth. Any ideas?

There are two distinct Jewish branches of Gibian--Ours >from Suwalki and one
from Czechoslovakia. I have been in contact with many of those members, but we
can not seem to get a connection. I somehow feel we must be related, but don't
know whether the family went >from Czech to Poland or the other way around.
There are mentions of Gibianski in Poland starting in the late 1700's. Any
suggestions?

Barb Gibian Heinrich
Buffalo Grove, IL.

Searching GIBIANSKI-Giby,Sejny, Suwalki: ETTENSON -Suwalki, Alytus,
HEINRICH-Burgenland, SABATH and HIRSCH >from Vienna and Mastov
Czechoslovakia,SCHAFFER >from Riga.

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