Show ContentsHebb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hebb comes from the name Hebb, which is an abbreviation of Hebert, a form of the personal names Hubert and Herbert. [1]

Early Origins of the Hebb family

The surname Hebb was first found in Yorkshire where the first record of the name appears as a forename as in Hebbe Capell in 1284. At about the same time, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included a listing for Herberdus, Juliana Hebbe in Huntingdonshire. [2] A few years later, the same person was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [3]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Alicia Hebbe and Ricardus Hebson. [2]

Early History of the Hebb family

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Hebb Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hebb were recorded, including Hebb, Hebbs and others.

Early Notables of the Hebb family (pre 1700)

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Hebb Ranking

In the United States, the name Hebb is the 10,492nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Hebb migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hebb family emigrate to North America:

Hebb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathew Hebb, who settled in New England in 1770
  • Jacob Hebb, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796 [5]
Hebb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Hebb, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Sidney B.B. Hebb, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1893
Hebb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Winifred Mary Herrick Hebb, aged 19, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • William Hebb, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Oswald Charles Hebb, aged 52, who landed in America from London, England, in 1918
  • John Lincoln Oswald Hebb, aged 18, who settled in America from London, England, in 1919
  • Alan Charles Oswald Hebb, aged 17, who landed in America from London, England, in 1919
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Canada Hebb migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hebb Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward Henry Hebb, aged 31, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1924
  • Frank J. Hebb, aged 21, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1924
  • Martha Hebb, aged 57, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1924
  • Willis Hebb, aged 61, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1925

Contemporary Notables of the name Hebb (post 1700) +

  • James Hebb (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • Bobby Hebb (1938-2010), American singer-songwriter
  • Abraham Hebb (1813-1880), Canadian farmer and politician who represented Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1865 to 1867; his son William established a cranBerry bog on the family farm which is believed to be the oldest commercial cranberry bog in Canada
  • Donald Olding Hebb (1904-1985), Canadian psychologist who was influential in the area of neuropsychology

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Albert Hebb, aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B [6]

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook