The surname of NIBLETT was a baptismal name 'the son of Isabel', from the nickname Nibbs, an ancient and still popular font name. The name was probably brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and Edward Niblett who appears in County Kent in 1086, appears to be the first of the name on record. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. Later records of the name mention Phillip Niblett and Anne Biddulfe who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1687. William Niblet and Mary Lambert were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1740. Henry Niblett and Susanna Todd were married at St. George's, Mayfair, London in 1742. James Marsh and Elizabeth Nibellet were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1781. The name has variant spellings which include Niblet and Nibblett.
The arms for this name are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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