Herpeard is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Herpeard family name comes from the Germanic personal name
Herbert. It is also an Old French given name derived from the Old German name Hariberct
This Germanic name contains the elements harja
which means army
which means bright.
This given name was borne by St. Herbert, who lived from about 970 until about 1021. During the Middle Ages, personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries became widespread in most European countries.
Early Origins of the Herpeard family
The surname Herpeard was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Herpeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herpeard research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1230, 1468, 1423, 1469, 1550, 1617, 1595, 1673, 1572, 1655, 1598, 1667, 1593, 1663, 1606, 1682, 1621, 1646, 1640, 1644, 1625, 1659, 1646, 1659, 1691, 1626, 1696, 1648, 1716, 1685, 1687, 1689, 1690, 1756, 1821, 1840, 1901, 1866, 1880 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Herpeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herpeard Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Herpeard has been recorded under many different variations, including Herbert, Herbit, Herbutt and others.
Early Notables of the Herpeard 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... Another 166 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herpeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herpeard family to Ireland
Some of the Herpeard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herpeard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Herpeards were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Herbert, who settled in Barbados in 1671; John Herbert settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Herbert settled in Virginia in 1651; William Herbert and his wife Elizabeth settled in Barbados in 1679.
The Herpeard 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.