The HIBBARD surname appears to be both patronymic
and characteristic in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English
meaning, "descendant of Herbert" (army, bright). Different spelling
variations of HIBBARD include Hebbard, Hebard, Hibard, Hibbert, Hibberts,
Hibberd, Hibberds, Hibert, Hiberts, Herbert, Herberts and Hibbards. The
surname Hubbard is not associated with HIBBARD except in the case that the
transcription is incorrect.
Most of the Hibbard's in America are probably descended from Robert Hibbard and
his wife Joanna Luff (Luffe) who immigrated in 1635 from Salisbury, Wiltshire,
England to Salem, Massachusetts, USA. The Hibbard Association, a
non-profit organization established in 1993, has been organized for the purpose
of distributing information relevant to all the descendants of Robert Hibbard
and to help those still unable to establish their lineage back to their
immigrant ancestor. The Hibbard Association publishes a quarterly
newsletter. For additional information, visit
My Hibbard ancestors were from New York and moved to
Ohio where the two oldest boys, Lovell and Lucius were recruited by Sam Houston
to join the Texas Army, one being the fifer and the other the drummer. The
rest of the family followed, but were held up in New Orleans due to the
fighting. The family arrived at the mouth of the Brazos River (Brazoria
County, Texas) in February 1837. The third son is my line, Loran Hibbard,
who married four times and had three sets of children, for a total of 15.
Loran's father was Elmer (Elmore?) and wife Lydia (maiden name unknown).
Elmer died shortly after their arrival in Texas and Loran drove a freight wagon
to support his mother and siblings.
I have been researching this family for over 29
years and am always eager to exchange information with anyone with Texas Hibbard
roots. I have not been able to determine who Elmer's parents were.