Sibetharp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Sibetharp arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sibetharp family lived in Nottinghamshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old Norse words sib, meaning victory, and thorp, meaning outlying farm or hamlet. 
Early Origins of the Sibetharp family
The surname Sibetharp was first found in Nottinghamshire at Sibthorpe, a parish in the union of Bingham. "In the reign of Edward II., Thomas de Sibthorpe founded a chantry in the church, and subsequently erected it into a college for a warden, nine chaplains, three clerks, and four choristers; he also added four chapels, in honour of St. Anne, St. Katharine, St. Margaret, and St. Mary." 
The family is conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Fredegis, who held the lands of Sibetorp (Sibthorpe) from Count Alan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Survey in 1086 Sibetorp consisted of a church and one and a quarter mills. In the graveyard of the church there were twenty Irish yew trees, which have gained fame throughout the years. "A Robert and William de Sibetorp occur in the Domesday [Book] of that county, and the name is found in connection with Sibthorpe down to the 14th century. " 
The family quickly spread throughout ancient Britain as seen by Robert de Sibthorpe, who was rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire in 1374. 
Early History of the Sibetharp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sibetharp research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1395, 1896, 1632, 1607, 1618, 1662, 1669, 1718, 1713, 1715, 1713, 1797, 1747, 1784, 1758, 1796 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Sibetharp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sibetharp Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sibetorp, Sibthorp, Sibthorpe, Sibethorp and many more.
Early Notables of the Sibetharp family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Christopher Sibthorp (d. 1632), English pamphleteer who made third justice of the King's bench in Ireland on 11 May 1607, and was knighted on 3 May 1618; Robert Sibthorpe or Sibthorp (died 1662), an English clergyman, known for his outspoken defense of the divine right of kings during the reign of...
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Migration of the Sibetharp family to Ireland
Some of the Sibetharp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sibetharp family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sibetharp or a variant listed above: Christopher Sibthorpe and his wife Barbara, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1686; Ann Sibthorpe, who landed in America in 1771; and William Sibthorpe, who landed in America in 1756..
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The Sibetharp 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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].