Herbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. The name was first borne by St. Herbert or Herebert (d. 687), who was an early "hermit, resided on the island in Derwentwater which still bears his name. He was a disciple and close friend of St. Cuthbert, to whom he paid an annual visit for spiritual advice. The two friends both died on 20 March 687, Herebert suffering much from sickness before his death." [1]

"The noble Herberts descend from Herbert, Count of Vemandois, who came hither with the Conqueror, and was chamberlain to William Rufus. Collins says: 'the genealogists deduce the family from Herbert, a natural son of King Henry I., but I think it more evident that Henry Fitz-Herbert, chamberlain to the said king, was ancestor to all of the name of Herbert.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Herbert family

The surname Herbert was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the Latin forms of the name, Herbertus and Hereberd were recorded. [3]

Herbertus capellanus was listed in Suffolk in 1148-1156. William Herebert was the first listing not in Latin in Dorset in 1206. Richard Herbert, Herebert, Herberd was found in the Assize Rolls for Worcester in 1221 and Johannes Herberti was found in Norfolk in 1230. [4]

In Scotland, "about the year 1200 Herbert filius Herberti de Camera granted a half carucate in Dunipace to the Abbey of Cambuskenneth. One or other of these Herberts most probably gave name to Herbertshire near Denny, Stirlingshire. Herbert, third abbot of Selkirk, was bishop of Glasgow, 1147-1164." [5]

Herbert of Bosham ( fl. 1162-1186), was an early English biographer, "has told us himself that he was born at the place whence he took his name, Bosham, or, as he spells it, Boseham, in Sussex. " [1]

Early History of the Herbert family

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Herbert Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Herbert family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (c. 1423-1469), known as "Black William", was the son of William ap Thomas, founder of Raglan Castle; Sir John Herbert (1550-1617), Welsh lawyer and diplomat, Secretary of State under Elizabeth I and James I; Sir Henry Herbert (1595-1673), Master of the Revels to both King Charles I and King Charles II; Sir Richard Herbert; William Herbert, 1st Baron Powis (1572-1655) was a Welsh politician; Percy Herbert, 2nd Baron Powis (1598-1667), an English writer and politician; George Herbert (1593-1663), an English ( Welsh born) poet and academic, who became...
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Ireland Migration of the Herbert family to Ireland

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United States Herbert migration to the United States +

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
  • John Herbert, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Andries Herbert, who landed in New York in 1642-1643 [6]
  • Thomas Herbert, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Sylvester Herbert, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652 [6]
  • Clemence Herbert, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Herbert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1717 [6]
  • Henry Herbert, who arrived in Georgia in 1732 [6]
  • Michael Herbert, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [6]
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Herbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [6]
  • Bonifacius Herbert, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [6]
  • Walter Herbert, aged 36, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1838 [6]
  • John Herbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [6]
  • H Adam Herbert, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Herbert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jesse Ernest Herbert, who arrived in California in 1905 [6]

Canada Herbert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Herbert, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Herbert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Herbert, aged 73, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1817

Australia Herbert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Herbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Herbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [7]
  • Matilda Herbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [7]
  • Jane Herbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [7]
  • Septimane Herbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [8]
  • Anna Herbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Herbert migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Herbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Herbert, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Herbert, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Herbert, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Joseph Herbert, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • Joseph Herbert, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Herbert (post 1700) +

  • Charles Herbert (1948-2015), born Charles Herbert Saperstein, an American child actor who appeared in 20 Hollywood features, perhaps best known for his roles in 13 Ghosts (1960), The Fly (1958), Houseboat (1958) and The Boy and the Pirates (1960)
  • Frank Herbert (1920-1986), American critically acclaimed science fiction author best known for the novel "Dune"
  • Thomas James Herbert (1894-1974), American politician, 56th Governor of Ohio
  • Victor Herbert (1859-1924), Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor
  • Caleb Claiborne Herbert (1814-1867), American politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1857-59; Representative from Texas in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65 [9]
  • C. S. Herbert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1912 [9]
  • Bea Herbert, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 51st District, 1992 [9]
  • Anthony Herbert, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 20th District, 2004 [9]
  • Allen J. Herbert, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [9]
  • Allan Herbert, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1912 [9]
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Herbert, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. F.  Herbert (1875-1917), English Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sidney J Herbert (b. 1894), English Captain (E) serving for the Royal Navy from Ashtead, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Pamela Elaine Herbert (1969-1988), American Student from Battle Creek, Michigan, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Florence Herbert, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from London, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [14]


The Herbert 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: Constantia et Fortitudine
Motto Translation: By constancy and fortitude.


Suggested Readings for the name Herbert +

  • 1050 Herbert in England & Virginia, 1399-1900s by Alice Granberry Walter.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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