Fitzherbart is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Fitzherbart is a name that comes from the English, French, and German personal name Herbert,
is made up of the elements, heri,
which means army,
which means bright.
The prefix Fitz
indicated that the bearer was the son of someone named Herbert.
Early Origins of the Fitzherbart family
The surname Fitzherbart was first found in Derbyshire
where this ancient Norman house was seated at Norbury, by the grant of the Prior of Tutbury in 1125. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The family assumed their surname from a Norman knight who appeared in the honor rolls of the Battle of Hastings. Today Norbury is a town in the London Borough of Croydon and the London Borough of Merton, but anciently it was home to the Fitzherberts and the Carew family which they shared from 1385 and 1859. Tissington Hall in Tissington, Derbyshire
was garrisoned for Charles I. by its owner, Col. Fitzherbert, in 1643. "The church [of Tissington] is partly Norman, and partly of later date, with a tower, and contains handsome memorials to the Fitzherbert family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Fitzherbart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzherbart research.Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1778, 1922, 1483, 1470, 1538, 1534, 1552, 1640, 1550 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Fitzherbart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fitzherbart 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 FitzHerbert, Fitz-Herbert, Fitzherbert and others.
Early Notables of the Fitzherbart family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ralph Fitzherbert (died 1483), Lord of the manor of Norbury, Derbyshire; Sir Anthony Fitzherbert (1470-1538), an English judge, scholar and legal author, best known for his treatise on English... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzherbart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fitzherbart family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fitzherbart or a variant listed above were: Richard Fitzherbert arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862.
The Fitzherbart Motto
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: Ung je servirai
Motto Translation: One will I serve.