Hulbert Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Hulbert Name
Origin of Hulbert:
This famous surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Ancient English given name Holbert, itself a derivative of the Olde English pre 7th Century “Holdbeorht”, written comprising of the Germanic items “hold,” which means loyal, good-natured, with “berht,” shinny, remarkable. The name is famous because of the number of surnames it has produced. One “Holbertus” (1168) is listed in the Archaeological lists of Kent. There are different spellings of Hulbert like Holbert, Holbred, Holbird, and Hulburd. London Church Documentation lists the Robert Hulbert married Katherine Cowper on May 1577 at St. Bartholomew the Less, and the naming of Thomas, son of George and Marry Hulbert, on May 1626 at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster. A coat of arms of the Hulbert family is blue and an ermine bend between six silver bullets.
Some common variations are: Haulbert, Houlbert, Huelbert, Hyulbert, Hullbert, Heulbert, Hulebert, Huylbert, Hulbertt, Hiulbert.
The surname Hulbert originally originated in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as owner of the lands. This prominent family held estates at Corsham and Wooten Basset in Wiltshire. At the moment of the recording of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his invasion of England in 1066, these lands were held by Miles Crispin, a powerful resident-in-chief. The Hulberts declined from a Norman leader who held his estates from Miles Crispin. Corsham was the King’s land and St. Stephen of Caen guarded the Church.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of William Holdebert, dated 1205, in the “Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire”. It was during the time of King John who was known to be the “Lackland,” 1199 – 1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Hulbert settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 17th and 19th. Some of the people with the name Hulbert who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Thomas Hulbert, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635. Martha Hulbert settled in Virginia in 1660. William Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1663, John Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1667 and Robert Hulbert, who landed in Maryland in 1676.
Some of the people with the name Hulbert who settled in the United States in the 19th century included H.M. Hulbert settled in San Francisco, California in 1850; E.B. Hulbert settled in San Francisco in 1852 and Anton Hulbert, who arrived in America in 1854. William G. Hulbert settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880 during the 19th century.
Some of the people with the name Hulbert who settled in Canada in the 18th century included Phillip Hulbert, who arrived in Quebec in 1784.
Some of the people with the name Hulbert who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Samuel Hulbert who was a Welsh prisoner from Monmouth, transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia. Solomon Hulbert who was also an English prisoner from Wiltshire, who shifted aboard the “Arab” in July 1822, settling in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia. John Hulbert an English prisoner from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the “Asia” on October 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia.
The settlement of the people of Hulbert surname also observed in places in New-Zealand in the 19th Century. T Hulbert landed in Poverty Bay, New Zealand in 1839. Samuel Hulbert, Margaret Hulbert, Jabez Hulbert and James Hulbert, all of these people arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Stracathro” in the same year in 1881.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Hulbert: United States 6,425; England 2,065; New Zealand 142; Australia 611; Germany 202; Canada 327; South Africa 621; Wales 113; France 110; Scotland 98.
Claude Hulbert (1900–1964) was a British artist and entertainer.
Henry L. Hulbert (1867–1918) was an American Marine, and Medal of Honor representative.
Jack Hulbert (1892–1978), was a British comedian.
Lloyd Hulbert (1918–1986), was an American Zoologist.
Mike Hulbert (born 1958), was an American golfer.
Norman Hulbert (1903–1972), was a British representative of Parliament.
Robin Hulbert was a football player for Darlington F.C and Swindon Town.
Hulbert Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Hulbert blazon are the annulet, lion and bend. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, sable and gules .
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the annulet is a good example, being a circular ring of any colour. They also appear interlaced or one within the other, both of which are very pleasing additions. Wade believes that these were one of the symbols of ancient pilgrims. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P19
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 13Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 14Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 15A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 16The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.
The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 17Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 18A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 19The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.