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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. [1]

Early Origins of the Hibbard family

The surname Hibbard was first found in Cheshire where the Hibberts of Marple and Boirtles claim descent from Paganus Hubert, who accompanied King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart) in the Crusade of 1190. [1]

The Hibberts of Marples and Birtles in Cheshire claim descent from Hubert of Curzon in Calvados, a Norman noble who was granted land in Cheshire and Nottingham.

Early History of the Hibbard family

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Hibbard 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 Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.

Early Notables of the Hibbard family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Francis Hubert (d. 1629), English poet, probably son of Edward Hubert, one of the six clerks in chancery. [2] Henry Hibbert (1600?-1678), English divine, born in Cheshire about 1600. In 1618 he...
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Hibbard Ranking

In the United States, the name Hibbard is the 3,827th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Hibbard family to Ireland

Some of the Hibbard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hibbard migration to the United States +

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
  • Robert Hibbard, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636 [4]
  • Josiah Hibbard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1697 [4]
Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Hibbard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725 [4]
Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Hibbard, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Emma Hibbard, who arrived in New York in 1862 [4]
  • James Hibbard, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1862 [4]
  • Sarah Hibbard, aged 39, who landed in New York in 1862 [4]

Australia Hibbard migration to Australia +

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

Hibbard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Arabella Hibbard, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [5]
  • Reuben Hibbard, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [6]
  • Richard Hibbard, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hibbard (post 1700) +

  • George Albee Hibbard (1864-1910), American Republican politician, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts (1908-1910) [7]
  • Tom Hibbard (1898-1982), American coach builder; he and Howard "Dutch" Darrin partnered to form Carrosserie Hibbard et Darrin, a French coachbuilder (c. 1923-1931)
  • Thomas Nathaniel Hibbard (1929-2016), American mathematician and computer scientist
  • James Hibbard (b. 1981), American road racing cyclist who competed for the Shaklee and Health Net-Maxxis Cycling Teams
  • Harry Hibbard (1816-1872), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire (1853-1855)
  • Hall Hibbard (1903-1996), American aviation engineer and administrator of the Lockheed Corporation
  • James Greg Hibbard (b. 1964), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1989 through 1994
  • George E. Hibbard (1924-1991), American collector of Tibetan art
  • George A. Hibbard (1864-1910), American politician and postmaster, Mayor of Boston from 1908 to 1910
  • Fred Hibbard (1894-1925), American silent film director who directed and wrote 106 titles
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Arnold Hibbard, American Baker Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]

The Hibbard 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: Fidem rectumque colendo
Motto Translation: By cultivating fidelity and rectitude.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved
  6. South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  8. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook