The name Herpert was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It 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 Herpert family
The surname Herpert 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 Herpert family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herpert 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 Herpert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herpert 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 Herpert family name include Herbert, Herbit, Herbutt and others.
Early Notables of the Herpert 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 Herpert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herpert family to Ireland
Some of the Herpert 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 Herpert family to the New World and Oceana
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 Herpert family to immigrate 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 Herpert 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.