Hibbitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hibbitt is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hibbitt family name 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 Hibbitt family
The surname Hibbitt 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. 
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 Hibbitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbitt 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 Hibbitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hibbitt Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Hibbitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Hibbert, Hibart, Hibbard, Hibbart, Hibbet, Hibbets, Hibbett, Hibbotts, Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and many more.
Early Notables of the Hibbitt 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. 
Henry Hibbert (1600?-1678), English divine, born in Cheshire about 1600. In 1618 he...
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Migration of the Hibbitt family to Ireland
Some of the Hibbitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Hibbitt migration to the United States ||+|
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Hibbitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Hibbitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Hibbitt who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868
|Contemporary Notables of the name Hibbitt (post 1700) ||+|
- Kenny Hibbitt (b. 1951), retired English professional footballer
- Terence Arthur "Terry" Hibbitt (1947-1994), English football player
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.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print