Hulbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hulbert was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Holbert. Holbert is thought to be a corruption of the Old English personal name Holdbearht, which is composed of the elements hold, which means friendly, and berht, which means bright. [1]

Early Origins of the Hulbert family

The surname Hulbert was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. This distinguished family held estates at Corsham and Wooten Basset in Wiltshire. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, these lands were held by Miles Crispin, a powerful tenant-in-chief. Conjecturally, the Hulberts were descended from a Norman noble who held his lands from Miles Crispin. Corsham was the King's Land, but St. Stephen of Caen held the Church.

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time. By example, the Latin form, Holbertus, was listed in the Archaelogia Cantiana with no date. William and John Holdebert were both listed in Warwickshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1205 and in the Assize Rolls of 1219 in Yorkshire. [2]

Early History of the Hulbert family

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Hulbert Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hulbert, Hulbirt, Hulbat, Hulbart, Houlbert, Houlbart and many more.

Early Notables of the Hulbert family (pre 1700)

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United States Hulbert migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hulbert name or one of its variants:

Hulbert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hulbert, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Martha Hulbert, who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • William Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [3]
  • John Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [3]
  • Robert Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hulbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. M. Hulbert settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E. B. Hulbert, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Anton Hulbert, who arrived in America in 1854 [3]
  • William G. Hulbert, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880

Canada Hulbert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hulbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Phillip Hulbert, who arrived in Quebec in 1784

Australia Hulbert migration to Australia +

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

Hulbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hulbert, Welsh convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Solomon Hulbert, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • John Hulbert, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Hulbert 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:

Hulbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T Hulbert, who landed in Poverty Bay, New Zealand in 1839
  • Samuel Hulbert, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stracathro" in 1881
  • Margaret Hulbert, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stracathro" in 1881
  • Jabez Hulbert, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stracathro" in 1881
  • James Hulbert, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stracathro" in 1881

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulbert (post 1700) +

  • Steve Hulbert Ph.D., American Physicist who heads the Beamline Development and Support Section of the National Synchrotron Light Source project at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Henry S Hulbert (1925-1959), American Judge and co-founder of what is now known as the McMath-Hulbert Solar Observatory in Michigan
  • Charles Hulbert (1778-1857), English miscellaneous writer, son of Thomas Hulbert of Hulbert Green, near Cheadle, Cheshire, born at Manchester on 18 Feb. 1778 [7]
  • Dame Cicely Hulbert, British Actress and wife of Jack Hulbert
  • Jack Hulbert (1892-1978), British film actor, dramatic author, manager and producer
  • Royston Hulbert Nash (1933-2016), English conductor, best known as a music director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
  • Hulbert H. Warner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884, 1892 [8]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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