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Hibbard is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Hibbard family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Hibbard comes from the Norman personal name Hildebert, which is composed of the Germanic elements hild, which meant battle or strife, and berht, which meant bright or famous. One of the first records of the name was Hygbert, the Anglo-Saxon bishop of Lichfield. 
The surname Hibbard was first found in Cheshire where the Hibberts of Marple and Boirtles claim descent from Paganus Hubert who accompanied Richard Coeur-de-Lion (Richard the Lion Hearted) in the Crusade of 1190. 
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 Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbard research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1757, 1837, 1770 and 1849 are included under the topic Early Hibbard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hibbard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hibbard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Hibbard or a variant listed above:
Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hibbard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Fidem rectumque colendo
Motto Translation: By cultivating fidelity and rectitude.
The Hibbard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hibbard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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