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Where did the English Herbert family come from? What is the English Herbert family crest and coat of arms? When did the Herbert family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Herbert family history?

The name Herbert came to England with the ancestors of the Herbert family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Herbert. It is also an Old French given name derived from the Old German name Hariberct or Her(e)bert. This Germanic name contains the elements harja which means army and berhta, which means bright. This given name was borne by St. Herbert, who lived from about 970 until about 1021. During the Middle Ages, personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries became widespread in most European countries.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Herbert family name include Herbert, Herbit, Herbutt and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herbert research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1230, 1468, 1423, 1469, 1550, 1617, 1595, 1673, 1572, 1655, 1598, 1667, 1593, 1663, 1606, 1682, 1621, 1646, 1640, 1644, 1625, 1659, 1646, 1659, 1691, 1626, 1696, 1648, 1716, 1685, 1687, 1689, 1690, 1756, 1821, 1840, 1901, 1866, 1880 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Herbert History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 417 words(30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Herbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Herbert family to immigrate North America:

Herbert Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Herbert settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Andries Herbert, who landed in New York in 1642-1643
  • Thomas Herbert settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Sylvester Herbert, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Clemence Herbert, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Herbert Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Herbert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1717
  • Henry Herbert, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • Michael Herbert, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Herbert Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Herbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Bonifacius Herbert, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Walter Herbert, aged 36, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • John Herbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • H Adam Herbert, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Herbert Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Jesse Ernest Herbert, who arrived in California in 1905


  • Victor Herbert (1859-1924), Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor
  • Frank Herbert (1920-1986), American critically acclaimed science fiction author best known for the novel "Dune"
  • Thomas James Herbert (1894-1974), American politician, 56th Governor of Ohio
  • Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890-1971), English author and member of Parliament
  • Robert George Wyndham Herbert (1831-1905), English-born, first Premier of Queensland, Australia
  • Sir Otway Herbert (1901-1984), English Lieutenant General of the Royal Artillery
  • Sir John Arthur Herbert GCIE (1895-1943), English Conservative Party politician
  • John Herbert, Australian Politician
  • George Herbert (1866-1923), 5th Earl of Carnarvon, British Egyptologist
  • Mary Balfour Herbert (1817-1893), Irish painter



  • Herbert in England & Virginia, 1399-1900s by Alice Granberry Walter.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Constantia et Fortitudine
Motto Translation: By constancy and fortitude.


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Herbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herbert Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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