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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 United States in the 17th Century
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Herbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Herbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Herbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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