Hibbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. One of the first records of the name was Hygbert, the Anglo-Saxon bishop of Lichfield. [1]

Early Origins of the Hibbert family

The surname Hibbert 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 Hibbert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbert research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1775, 1783, 1629, 1600, 1678, 1600, 1618, 1622, 1757, 1837, 1770, 1849 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Hibbert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hibbert Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hibbert family (pre 1700)

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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Hibbert Ranking

In the United States, the name Hibbert is the 9,958th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Hibbert family to Ireland

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

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 [4]
Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hibbert, who landed in Leeward Islands in 1733 [4]
Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Annie, Henry, James, John, Mary, Prudence, Thomas Hibbert, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Hibbert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Amelia Hibbert, (b. 1859), aged 45, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 3rd July 1904 en route to Denver, Colorado, USA [5]

Australia Hibbert migration to Australia +

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

Hibbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Hibbert, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 29th April 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Joseph Hibbert, (b. 1811), aged 18, English ploughman who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Hibbert, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Hibbert, (Jordan, Herbert), English weaver who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Robert Hibbert, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hibbert 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:

Hibbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hibbert, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Hibbert, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Rogers P Hibbert, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Mr. John Hibbert, (b. 1837), aged 24, English farm labourer, from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [11]

West Indies Hibbert migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Hibbert Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Alice Hibbert, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Hibbert (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • George Hibbert (1757-1837), English merchant, politician, slave and ship owner, amateur botanist, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824, son of Robert Hibbert, a West India merchant, born at Manchester [13]
  • Alexander Piers William "Alex" Hibbert (b. 1986), English polar expedition leader
  • James "Jimmy" Hibbert (b. 1956), English television writer and voice actor
  • 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
  • Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert OJ (1942-2020), Jamaican Grammy Award wining singer and lead vocalist for the band Toots and the Maytals
  • Ms. Nadine Carroll Hibbert B.E.M., British Senior Project Manager for Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at Home Office, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Lewisham, London [14]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hibbert 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.


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  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th April 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/exmouth
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  14. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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