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Harbeson Coat of Arms / Harbeson Family Crest

Harbeson Coat of Arms / Harbeson Family Crest

This surname of HARBESON was a baptismal name 'the son of Herbert'. It is an English, French and German surname composed of the Germanic elements HERI, HARI (army) and BERHT (bright, famous). Saint Haribert was the archbishop of Cologne circa. 1000, and at that time the name became extremely common amongst the French nobility. A Norman settler brought the name into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066. There are numerous spellings of the name which include HERBERT, HERBIT, HEBBERT, HARBERT, HARBERD, HERBRECHT, HEBB, HIPKINS and HERBELIN, to name but a few. Early records of the name mention Herberus (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Johannes Herberti was documented in County Norfolk in the year 1230. John Herbertson married Anne Bettridge at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1768. George Herbert (1593-1633) English clergyman, author of 'The Temple' a collection of poems of a religious character. A branch of the family was established in Ireland, descended from Thomas Herbert of Montgomery, a nephew of the 1st Earl of Pembroke. He settled in Ireland in 1656 and became High Sheriff of County Kerry in 1659. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A family by the name Fitzherbert who hold the title Baron Stafford trace their descent from William, son of Herbert who was granted the manor of Norbury, County Derbyshire in 1125 and was the first to use the surname. 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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