Huber Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
The German surname Huber developed as a status-based name, deriving from the Middle High German word hoube, or huober, which was a sizeable measure of land significantly larger that the amount held by peasants. Some claim the amount of land was 40 acres (called a hide in England). Others believe it these feudal tenants held 120 acres of land. The name came to denote an owner or holder of this size of land, someone who would have most likely been a leading man in his village/town and a prominent small farmer. The name exists in Germany, but is also widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. Spelling variations or names with similar etymologies include Hueber, Hubert, Hubber, and Hubar. The name is thought to have first established itself in Bavaria.
The earliest document ancestor or progenitor of this family was Bertoldus Hubere who was born in France in 1130 AD. His son, whose name is unknown, was Baron born in France around 1160 AD. This Baron’s grandson was Burchard Dictus Hubere, who was born in Oberkulm, Aargau, Switzerland in 1218 AD. He had a son named Hans. This son, Hans Huber was born in Switzerland around 1240 AD and he married Lady Fredea Van Hallwyl. Another early bearer was Ulrich Miles dictus Huobaere who lived in Utelheim, Tyrol, Austria in 1224 AD.
In his 1912 book titled Surnames of the United Kingdom, Henry Harrison states Huber is a “late French form of Hubert”. In his nineteenth century book titled Patronymica Britannica, author Mark Antony Lower writes “The personal name. Among its derivates in English nomenclature we have Hubbard, Hibbert, Hibbins, Hibbs, Hibson, or Ibson, and probably Ibbotson”. Another British author, William Arthur, believed the same meant fair hope or bright form, from the Saxon word hiewe, meaning color, form, or beauty, and the word beort, meaning bright. Lastly, in his 1965 book titled South African Surnames, Eric Rosenthal states this name means “Plougman in Old German. Compare to Hoover in the U.S.A”.
Hubers were present in Pennsylvania Dutch colony from early colonial times. According to krishocker.com, “Johann Philipp Huber was born 28 Dec 1740 and baptized 26 January 1741 at Muddy Creek. His sponsors were Adam Ulrich and his wife Julianna” and “Johan Georg Ulrich, son of Adam and Julianna, was born 6 November 1739 and baptized 16 December 1739 at Muddy Creek”.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Huber ranks 816th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly in the top 100 surnames in two states: South Dakota (43rd) and North Dakota (66th). In the following states it ranks in the top 500 surnames: Wisconsin (322nd), Pennsylvania (354th), Ohio (434th), Minnesota (310th), Iowa (440th), Nebraska (365th), Wyoming, (356th), Indiana (415th), and Maryland (500th).
The name ranks as follows in Europe: Austria (1st), Switzerland (9th), Germany (28th), Liechtenstein (29th), Hungary (701st), Luxembourg (922nd), and France (1,337th).
Huber Family Tree & Huber Genealogy
Some bearers of this surname during the time of the Middle Ages to the early modern period include:
1) Wolf Huber (c. 1485-1553) was an Austrian painter and architect considered to be a leading member of the Danube School, born in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg.
2) Jacob Huber was born in Oberkulm, Aargau, Switzerland before 1650 and had a son named Hans Jacob
3) Hans Heini Huber or Hubere was born Zurich, Switzerland around 1480 AD, married Barbet Vollenweider, and had a son named Martin
4) Paulus Huber was born in Unterrifferswill, Zurich, Switzerland around 1626, married Elizbetha Hagey, and had a son named Kaspar
5) Ciriacus Zillox Huber was born in the 1600s and married Anna Maria Hopp
6) Anna Maria Huber was born in 1693 and she married Johannes Jacob Schwab in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in 1683
7) Lucia Hueber was born in Wuerttemberg, Germany around 1698 and she married Melchior Schreiber
8) Hans Michael Hueber was born around 1649 and he married Sybilla Katharina
9) Michael Hueber was born in Brandenburg, Germany in 1650 and he married Margaretha Dieterlin, having a son with her named Michael
10) Heinrich Huber was born in Zurich in 1567
Some marriages involving the Huber last name include:
1) Sebastian Huber married Susanna Maria in Jagstkreis, Wuerttemberg in 1694
2) Claus Huber married Anna Barbara Frey in Karlsruhe, Baden in 1676
3) Hannss Huber married Anna Schilckin in Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg in 1597
4) Wolff Hueber married Margaretha Kupffer in Steyr, Austria in 1617
5) Christopherus Hueber married Salome Rosenstingl in Steyr-Stadtpfarre, Austria in 1628
6) Jacob Huber married Dorothe Pfuendin in Thurgau, Switzerland in 1623
7) Eva Marg. Huber married Jacob Bruder in Frederick, Maryland in 1759
8) John Valentine married Cathrina Bernhard in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware in 1761
9) Matthias Huber married Mary Warner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796
10) Elizabeth Huber married Christian Howser in Clermont, Ohio in 1820
Johan Nicol Huber was born around 1735. He married Anna Margaretha Flikkinger and had two sons with her: Joseph and Georg Ludwig. His son, Joseph Huber, was born in Wilgartswisen, Sudwestphalzer, Landkries in 1765. He had a son named Fredrich. Friedrich Huber was born in Ingolsheim, Alsace, France in 1796. He went to the United States. His son, Mikel Huber, was born in Weisenburg, Germany in 1821 and came to Indiana with his father. His son, Charles Sherman Huber, was born in Spraytown, Indiana in 1886. He had a son named William. This William Huber was born in the same town in 1894. He had a daughter named Rhea K. Huber who was born in the 1920s. She had a daughter named Stephen Mackenzie who was born in the 1940s.
Early American and New World Settlers
One of the earliest known settlers of the New World bearing this name was “A Bar Huber” who came in 1711. A Johannes Huber came in 1728. Hans Huber and Christian Huber both came to Pennsylvania in 1732.
Several thousand members of the Huber family came to the United States through Ellis Island, during the nineteenth century, including:
1) Michel Huber came from Switzerland aboard the Holsatia in 1869
2) Eugene Huber came from Switzerland aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam in 1920
3) Heinrich Huber came from Yugoslavia aboard the Imperator in 1920
4) Wilhelm Huber came from Germany aboard the Cincinnati in 1910
5) Paul Huber came from Hungary aboard the Amerika in 1912
6) Hermann Huber came from Germany aboard the Batavia in 1912
7) Johann Huber came from Bavaria aboard the Cella in 1868
8) Walter Huber came from Switzerland aboard the Noordam in 1917
9) Joseph Huber came from Saint Louis aboard the London in 1901
10) Bertha Huber came from Germany aboard the President Lincoln in 1910
1) Wilhelm Heinrich Huber (1958-2010) was a professional hockey played in the NHL who played four different teams including the Detroit Redwings and Vancouver Canucks from 1978-1988 who was born in Strausskirchen, West Germany.
2) Vernon Huber (1899-1967) who was a United States Navy Rear Admiral and the 35th Governor of American Samoa from 1947 to 1949, born in Philadelphia, Illinois
3) William Russel Huber (1903-1982) was a US Navy sailor from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who received the Medal of Honor in 1928 for the heroism he displayed in 1928 after a boiler accident on the U.S.S. Bruce
4) Robert James Huber (1922-2001) who was a Republican businessman and politician born in Detroit, MI who served in the US House of Representatives from Michigan’s 18th district from 1973-1975
5) Herbert Franz Josef Huber (1931-2005) who was a German botanist known for his contributions to the classification of angiosperms (flowering plants)
6) Liezel Huber (1976) was a South African born Tennis player in the United States who was ranked no. 1 in the world in doubles (with Cara Black) in 2007
7) Kurt Huber (1893-1943) who was a professor at the University of Munich, born in Chur, Switzerland, who was a resistance fighter against the Nazis in World War II who was ultimately imprisoned and executed by guillotine.
8) Robert Huber (1937) who was a German biochemist and Nobel laureate born in Munich who was known for his work on crystallizing proteins
9) Pierre Antoine François Huber (1775-1832) was born in Sankt Wendel, Saarland and was a brigadier general in the French army during the reign of Napoleon, serving as the commander of the cavalry of the 2nd corps of the Army of the North, Inspector General of the Cavalatry, and was made a Baron of the Empire in 1813
10) Tomáš Huber (1985) was a professional soccer (football) player from Czechoslovakia who played from 2006-2013 for teams such as Banik Sokolov and Jablonec
Huber American Revolution Veterans
The following soldiers with the last name Huber served in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
1) Private John Huber of Pennsylvania
2) Lieutenant Thaddeus Huber of Connecticut
3) Private John Huber of New York
4) Private David Hubber of Connecticut
5) Private Peter Huber 1778
6) Jacob Huber of New York, Drum and Fife, 1775
Huber American Civil War Veterans
There were ~700 soldiers with the last name Huber who served in the American Civil War (1861-1865):
1) George H. Huber fought for the Union as part of the 46th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry
2) Joseph Huber fought for the Union as part of the 3rd Regiment New Jersey Cavalry
3) Lewis Huber fought for the Union as part of the 5th Regiment New Jersey Infantry
4) Jonas F. Huber fought for the Union side as part of the 9th Regiment Indiana Infantry
5) Henry Van Est Huber fought for the Union as part of the 24th Regiment Michigan Infantry
6) Benjamin G. Huber fought for the Union as part of the 103rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry
7) David N. Huber fought for the Union as part of the 9th Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry 92nd Volunteers
8) Jacob Huber fought for the Union as part of the Independent Battery R., Kentucky Light Infantry
9) Joseph Huber fought for the Union as part of the 14th Regiment Maine Infantry
10) Edward Huber fought for the Union as part of the 1st Regiment Michigan Light Artillery