The name Herpet was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following 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
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 Herpet family
The surname Herpet 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 Herpet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herpet 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 Herpet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herpet Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Herbert, Herbit, Herbutt and others.
Early Notables of the Herpet 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 Herpet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herpet family to Ireland
Some of the Herpet family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Herpet family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Herpet or a variant listed above: 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 Herpet 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.