Recorded in several spellings including Tubb, Tubbs, Tubby, Tubie, Tubey and others, this is an English surname but one of early medieval French origins. It derives from the personal name Theobald also recorded as Tebald, Tibalt, Teoband and Tibaut. Theobald is composed of the Germanic elements "theudo", meaning "people", and "bald", bold or brave, and has given rise to a great many variant surnames, including: Tuddall, Tubbles, Dybald, Dipple, Tibbet, Tebbutt, Theobald, Tidbold and others. The personal name is believed to have been introduced into England by followers of William, The Conqueror, after the Norman Invasion of 1066. The surname was first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), and the following examples illustrate the name development since then: Hugo Tebaud, in the 1202 Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire; Alan Tubbi in the Curia Regis rolls for Norfolk in 1206, and William Theobald, in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk in 1250; The epic story of the Middle Ages, "Reynard the Fox", contains the story of Tibert, the cat; and hence the modern-day "Tibbles". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Tomas Teobald. This was dated 1199, in the "Pipe Rolls of the county of Gloucestershire". This was during the reign of King Richard 1st, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Tubby — Tub by, a. Resembling a tub; specifically sounding dull and without resonance, like a tub; wanting elasticity or freedom of sound; as, a tubby violin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tubby — (adj.) shaped like a tub, corpulent, 1835, from TUB (Cf. tub) + Y (Cf. y) (2). The noun meaning a fat person is attested from 1891 …   Etymology dictionary

  • tubby — [adj] fat beefy*, big, brawny, broad, bulging, bulky, burly, chubby*, chunky*, dumpy, elephantine, fleshy, gargantuan, gross, heavy, heavyset*, hefty, husky, large, obese, oversize, overweight, plump, portly, potbellied, pudgy*, roly poly*, stout …   New thesaurus

  • tubby — ► ADJECTIVE (tubbier, tubbiest) informal ▪ (of a person) short and rather fat. DERIVATIVES tubbiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tubby — [tub′ē] adj. tubbier, tubbiest 1. shaped like a tub 2. fat and short tubbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Tubby — King Tubby (* in , ; † ), mit bürgerlichem Namen Osbourne Ruddock, war ein Toningenieur mit eigenem Studio. Er beeinflusste maßgeblich die Entwicklung des . Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Diskografie 2.1 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tubby's — Infobox Company name = Tubby s type = private foundation = 1968 founder = Richard Paganes location city = Clinton Charter Township, Michigan location country = USA locations = area served = Michigan (primarily metropolitan Detroit) key people =… …   Wikipedia

  • tubby — UK [ˈtʌbɪ] / US adjective Word forms tubby : adjective tubby comparative tubbier superlative tubbiest informal slightly fat …   English dictionary

  • tubby — adjective (tubbier; est) Date: circa 1807 1. sounding dull and without proper resonance or freedom of sound < a tubby violin > 2. pudgy, fat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tubby — tubbiness, n. /tub ee/, adj., tubbier, tubbiest. 1. short and fat: a tubby child. 2. having a dull, thumping sound; lacking resonance. [1800 10; TUB + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

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