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The distinguished German surname Hieb comes from the kingdom of Bavaria, and is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name means "son of Hieber or Hildibert," both Germanic personal names derived from the Old High German "hiltja," meaning "battle." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Middle High German word "huober," meaning "owner of a patch of farmland." The term "Hube" was used to denote a 40-acre hide of farmland. In this case, it is likely that the original bearer of this name was someone who owned such a farm.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hieber, Hieb, Hiebe, Hipe, Hilb and others.

First found in various cities in Bavaria, where the name originated. The different origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during the Middle Ages. The young Hieb family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Bavarian society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hieb research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1695, 1741, 1804, 1865, and 1896 are included under the topic Early Hieb History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hieb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Fred Hieb, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Friedricka Hieb, aged 54, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1874
  • Jacob Hieb, aged 3, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1874
  • Jacob Sen Hieb, aged 55, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1874
  • Johann Hieb, aged 1, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1874


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  • Richard James Hieb (b. 1955), former NASA Astronaut with over 750 hours in space
  • Ross Hieb, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 7th District, 2002
  • Raymond Hieb, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 23rd District, 1949-50, 1955-56


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  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Hieb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hieb 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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