Herber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Herber surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Herber began when someone in that family worked as a person who ran a lodging house. This surname is a metonymic form of the surname Harberer, and is derived from the Old English word herebeorg, which means shelter or lodging.

Early Origins of the Herber family

The surname Herber was first found in the English county of Suffolk in the south east where they had been settled from very ancient times.

Early History of the Herber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herber research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1679, 1635, 1692, 1689, 1690, 1572 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Herber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herber Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Herber has appeared include Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Herber family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Harbord (1635-1692), of Grafton Park, an English diplomat and politician, Privy Counsellor and Paymaster of the Forces in Ireland in 1689, Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in 1690. He was the first English ambassador to Turkey...
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United States Herber migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Herber arrived in North America very early:

Herber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Kasper Herber, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • John Jacob Herber, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johannes Herber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • Peter Herber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
Herber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caspar Herber, who landed in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Justus Herber, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • Johann Herber, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Adam Herber, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • Anna Eiger Herber, who arrived in America in 1856 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Herber (post 1700) +

  • Herber J. Mills (d. 1933), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1899 [2]

Hillcrest Coal Mine


The Herber 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: Equanimiter
Motto Translation: With equanimity.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners


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