Hebenstreet Coat of Arms / Hebenstreet Family Crest
The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. There is a large group of surnames, more frequent in French, German and Italian names, which are actually a compound of nickname and patronymic. They consist of an adjective indicating size or an attractive quality as a prefix attached to a given name. HEBENSTREET is such a name literally meaning 'the person named HEB or HEBE' who lived at the Roman road. In Classical Greek mythology HEBE was the goddess of youth, a cupbearer to the gods. The name was fairly popular in the last century, although the name is rarely used now, although it is the name of a genus of plants. Early records of the name mention Herbertus Hebbe, 1273 County Hunts. Alicia Hebbe was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Later instances of the name include Thomas Hebson of Whittington who was documented in the year 1613 in County Lancashire and listed in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond. Henry Greene and Alice Hebb were married at St Thomas the Apostle London in 1611. The name has many variant spellings which include HEBBS and HEBSON. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.