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Where did the English Hibbert family come from? What is the English Hibbert family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hibbert family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hibbert family history?

The ancestors of the Hibbert family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived 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. The Norman Conquerors imported a vast number of Norman French personal names into England, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.

First found in Cheshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbert research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1757, 1770, 1837, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Hibbert History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hibbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hibbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hibbert or a variant listed above:

Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Hibbert, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Alice Hibbert settled in Barbados in 1654

Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Hibbert, who landed in Leeward Islands in 1733

Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie, Henry, James, John, Mary, Prudence, Thomas Hibbert, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Hibbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Hibbert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Caroline Hibbert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • James Hibbert, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

Hibbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Hibbert, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Hibbert, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Rogers P Hibbert arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859


  • Stephen Hibbert, English-born American actor and comedy writer
  • Edward Hibbert (b. 1955), American born English actor and literary agent
  • Roy Denzil Hibbert (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball center
  • Alexander Piers William "Alex" Hibbert (b. 1986), English polar expedition leader
  • James "Jimmy" Hibbert (b. 1956), English television writer and voice actor
  • George Hibbert (1757-1837), English merchant, politician, slave and ship owner, amateur botanist, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824
  • David John Hibbert (b. 1986), English former football striker
  • Eleanor Hibbert (1906-1993), English novelist who has written numerous books under the pen names of Jean Plaidy, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Burford and others
  • Sir John Tomlinson "J.T." Hibbert KCB, PC, JP, DL, DCL, (1824-1908), British barrister and Liberal politician, Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1184-1885)
  • Sir Henry Flemming Hibbert (1850-1927), 1st Baronet, a British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Chorley (19131918)



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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The Hibbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hibbert 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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