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The Hibbard Coat of Arms


The Hibbard Coat of Arms was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives.  Documentation for the Hibbard Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke's General Armory.  Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms.  In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:

"Erm. on a bend sa. three crescents ar."

Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:

"An arm erect couped below the elbow, vested az. cuff erm. hand ppr. grasping a crescent ar."

When translated, the blazon also describes the original colors of the Hibbard Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.  Family Mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times.  A Motto was not recorded with this Hibbard Coat of Arms. Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification.   The four primary sources for second names were:

  • Occupation

  • Location

  • Father's name

  • Personal characteristics

The surname Hibbard appears to be both patronymical and characteristic in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English, meaning "descendant of Herbert (army, bright)".  Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurrence.  Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Hibbard to be "Hibbert", "Hibberts", "Hibberd", "Hibberds", "Hibert", "Herbert", "Herberts" and "Hibbards".

Although bearers of the old and distinguished Hibbard name comprise a small fraction of the population, there are a number who have established for it a significant place in history.  They include:

  • Henry Hibbard (Hibbert, 1600-1678) - English Divine who graduated from Brasenose College at Oxford in 1622.  He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity at Hull between 1651 and 1660 and was Prebendary of St. Paul's Church in 1669.

  • George Hibbard (Hibbert, 1757-1837) - West Indian merchant and collector who was an Alderman of London between 1798 and 1803.  He served as a Member of Parliament from the Seaford District in 1806 and was actively engaged in the establishment of the West India Docks.

  • Robert Hibbard (Hibbert, 1770-1849) - Philanthropist and mechant who was educated at Emmanuel College in Cambridge and made his fortune as a merchant for the exports of Jamaica between 1791 and 1836.  He established a Trust which was described to elevate those wishing to enter the Unitarian Ministry.

  • Samuel Hibbard (Hibbert, 1782-1848) - Antiquary and geologist who received his M.D. from Edinburgh and served as Secretary of the Scottish Society of Antiquaries between 1823 and 1827.  He was awarded the Society of Art's "Gold Medal" for his discovery of chromate iron in 1820 and published a work entitled "Descriptions of the Shetland Islands".

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