Filbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Filbert family

The surname Filbert was first found in Norfolk at Filby, a parish, in the East and West Flegg incorporation, hundred of East Flegg. [1] This parish dates back to before the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Filebey. [2] Literally the place name means "farmstead or village of a man called Fili or Fila." [3]

So, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Filby, held by Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire, from William de Warrenne, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. At the time of the Domesday the village contained 10 salthouses and was surrounded by Filbey Broad.

Early History of the Filbert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filbert research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1273, 1280, 1315, 1325, 1557, 1582, 1581, 1581, 1582 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Filbert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Filbert Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Filby, Filbey, Filbee, Filbie, Philby, Philbey, Phillbee, Fylbey, Fylby and many more.

Early Notables of the Filbert family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Filbie (c.1557-1582), an English Roman Catholic priest from Oxfordshire. " On 25 March 1581 he was ordained priest in the church of St. Mary at Rheims, by the bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne, and soon afterwards he returned to England upon the mission. He was apprehended at Henley while incautiously attempting to speak to Father Edmund Campion, who was being conducted to London with other prisoners (Simpson, Edmund Campion, p. 228). They were all committed to the Tower, 22 July 1581. Filbie...
Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Filbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Filbert migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Filbert or a variant listed above were:

Filbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Filbert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
  • Saint Filbert, aged 27, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
  • Samuel Filbert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [4]
  • Anthony Filbert, who arrived in New York in 1798 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Filbert (post 1700) +

  • John H. Filbert (d. 1917), American founder of J.H. Filbert, Inc., a company that produced margarine and butter substitute products including Mrs. Filbert's Margarine and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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