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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]

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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. [1]

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.


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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.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hibbard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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
  • Josiah Hibbard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1697

Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Hibbard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725

Hibbard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Hibbard arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Emma Hibbard, who arrived in New York in 1862
  • James Hibbard, aged 40, landed in New York in 1862
  • Sarah Hibbard, aged 39, landed in New York in 1862

Hibbard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Arabella Hibbard, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • Reuben Hibbard, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Richard Hibbard, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

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  • Thomas Nathaniel Hibbard (1929-2016), American mathematician and computer scientist
  • 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
  • James Hibbard (b. 1981), American road racing cyclist who competed for the Shaklee and Health Net-Maxxis Cycling Teams
  • Ellery Albee Hibbard (1826-1903), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire (1871-1873)
  • Edna Hibbard (1895-1942), American stage and film actress

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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.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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