Hibbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hibbs is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Isabella. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hibbs family

The surname Hibbs was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hibbs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibbs research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1442 is included under the topic Early Hibbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hibbs Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hibbs have been found, including Hibbs, Hebbs, Hibs, Habbs and others.

Early Notables of the Hibbs family (pre 1700)

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United States Hibbs migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hibbs, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hibbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hibbs who was a servant sent to the plantations in Virginia in 1672
  • William Hibbs, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677
  • John Hibbs, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [1]
  • William Hibbs, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 [1]
Hibbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hibbs, who arrived in Washington DC in 1830
  • Charles Hibbs, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1830 [1]
  • Samuel Hibbs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865 [1]

New Zealand Hibbs 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:

Hibbs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Hibbs, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Mr. John Hibbs, (b. 1848), aged 31, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hibbs, (b. 1849), aged 30, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [2]
  • Mr. John Hibbs, (b. 1866), aged 13, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [2]
  • Mr. James Hibbs, (b. 1869), aged 10, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hibbs (post 1700) +

  • Robert Boyd Hibbs (1932-2017), American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of West Texas
  • Major-General Louis Emerson Hibbs (1893-1970), American Commandant of the Field Artillery School (1945-1946) [3]
  • Ben Hibbs (1901-1975), American long-time editor with The Saturday Evening Post and later, Reader’s Digest
  • Albert Roach Hibbs (1924-2003), noted American mathematician
  • Robert John Hibbs (1943-1966), American military officer and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Loren Hibbs (b. 1961), American baseball player and coach
  • Jim Hibbs (b. 1944), American baseball player
  • Jesse Hibbs (1906-1985), American film and television director
  • Jeffrey T. Hibbs, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 57th District, 2002, 2004 [4]
  • Edward F. Hibbs, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Barry, Maryland, 1863-65 [4]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Richard A Hibbs, English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
  • Mr. Francis H F Hibbs (b. 1908), English Corporal serving for the Royal Marine from Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Louis Hibbs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hibbs/Louis_Emerson/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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