The Baby Name Bibb

Bibb GravesThe top debut name for baby boys born in 1926 was Bibb.

Where did it come from?

My first guess was 1920s Major League baseball player Bibb Falk.

Then I checked the SSA’s state-by-state data. Turns out that nearly all of the Bibbs on record were born in Alabama.

This fact led me to (David) Bibb Graves, the two-time Governor of Alabama who was elected for the first time in 1926 and for the second time in 1934.

  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1934: 9 baby boys named Bibb, 7 born in Alabama
  • 1933: unlisted
  • […]
  • 1928: unlisted
  • 1927: 12 baby boys named Bibb, all born in Alabama
  • 1926: 14 baby boys named Bibb [debut], all born in Alabama
  • 1925: unlisted

One of the 1927 Bibbs was named “Bibb Graves” specifically, which is interesting.

3 thoughts on “The Baby Name Bibb

  1. I know that there is a Bibb County, Alabama (cause I live in Bibb County, Georgia and search engine results sometimes give us the AL one).

    On the Bibb County, Alabama Wikipedia page, it states that the first governor of Alabama was William Wyatt Bibb. May have something to do with it, dunno. I guess it’s a name rich in Alabama history.

  2. My family is from Alabama, and my great-grandfather had a cousin named Bibb. I have no idea where his parents got his name though, because this Bibb was born in 1903. I do know his middle initial was G, but I always thought it stood for George after his father. Maybe I’m wrong? Do you have any ideas?

  3. @Emily – As far as I can tell, Bibb Graves hadn’t been elected to any offices as early as 1903, so I don’t think the “G” would be for Graves.

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