The surname Stibbard was first found in Norfolk at Stibbard, a village and civil parish four miles from Fakenham. The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Stabyrda and later in 1202 as Stiberde. The place name literally means "bank beside a path or road-side."  The first records of the name was Alice de Stiberd who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same reference shows Richard de Stibarde. Basil de Stiberde was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1202 and James de Stiberde was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1309. 
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Lucas Stibbard, Australian actor and playwright, nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play in 2011 and for his work on The Great Raid (2005), Kokoda: 39th Battalion (2006) and The Wilde Girls (2001)
Neville Stibbard (1923-1994), Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne and North Melbourne (1946-1948), father of Neville and Robert Stibbard
Robert Stibbard (b. 1952), former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne (1972-1974), twin brother of Neville Stibbard
Neville Stibbard (b. 1952), former Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne (1973-1975), twin brother of Robert Stibbard
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: Per Ardua Motto Translation: Through difficulties