The surname of HURLBURT was a baptismal name 'the son of Albrecht' an early personal name. There are many variant spellings which include Hulburd and Hulburt. The name was originally derived from the Old English word HOLDBEORHT, meaning 'gracious and bright'. The name was probably brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1066 King William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. The Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months. Early records of the name mention Holbertus Venator who was documented in the year 1168 in Canterbury, Kent, and William Holdebert was recorded in 1205 in County Warwickshire. William Hulberte, registered at Oxford University in the year 1530.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Granted in March, 1639. (Hulbert). The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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