Hibberd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hibberd is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It 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. 
Early Origins of the Hibberd family
The surname Hibberd 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. 
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 also in Nottingham.
Important Dates for the Hibberd family
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Hibberd 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 Hibberd family name include Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.
Early Notables of the Hibberd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hibberd family to Ireland
Some of the Hibberd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hibberd migration to the United States
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 Hibberd family to immigrate North America:
Hibberd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Hibberd, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 
Hibberd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertie Hibberd, aged 22, who landed in America from Isle White, England, in 1908
- Charity Minnie Hibberd, aged 27, who settled in America from Watford, England, in 1909
- Daisy Hibberd, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Watford, England, in 1910
- Arnold Arthur E'd Hibberd, aged 2, who landed in America from Watford, England, in 1910
- Andrew A. Hibberd, aged 3, who settled in America from Watford, England, in 1910
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Hibberd migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Hibberd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Hibberd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William and Jane" arriving in Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd February 1857 
- Mrs. Hibberd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William and Jane" arriving in Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd February 1857 
- Mr. J. Hibberd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Ashley" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th October 1858 
- Clara Hibberd, aged 25, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name Hibberd (post 1700)
- Laurie Hibberd (b. 1964), Canadian-born, American television personality
- James Farquhar Hibberd (b. 1816), American politician, Mayor of Richmond, Indiana, 1875-77 
- James Hibberd (b. 1981), English cricketer
- George Hibberd (1845-1911), English cricketer
- Dominic Hibberd, English biographer, best known for his biographies of the poets Wilfred Owen and Harold Monro
- Thomas Hibberd (b. 1926), Canadian gold medalist ice hockey player at the 1948 Winter Olympics
- Andrew Stuart Hibberd MBE (1893-1983), British radio personality, chief announcer on BBC Radio
- John Charles "Jack" Hibberd (b. 1940), Australian playwright
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