Hibden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hibden surname is thought to be derived from one of several place names in West Yorkshire. The place names come from the Old English "heope," or "(rose) hip," and "denu," which meant "valley."

Early Origins of the Hibden family

The surname Hibden was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times. In 1120 the manor of Hebden was granted by Roger de Mowbray to Uctred de Hebden, who was a descendant of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland.

Early History of the Hibden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hibden research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1612 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Hibden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hibden Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hibden has been spelled many different ways, including Hebden, Hebdon, Heberden, Hepden, Habton, Habdon, Hibdon, Hibden, Ebdon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hibden family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hibden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Hibden 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:

Hibden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Hibden, aged 20, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874


The Hibden 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: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.


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