This German and Dutch surname of HUEBER was originally derived from the Old German word HUOBE. It was the name given to a measure of land, varying in size at different periods and in different places, but always of considerable extent, appreciably larger than the holding of an average peasant. The surname usually denotes a holder or owner of this amount of land, who would have been a prosperous small farmer, and probably one of the leading men of his village. However, it seems also to have been acquired sometimes by men of lower status who merely worked on such a holding in return for a wage, having no land of their own. The name is also spelt HUBNER, HUFFNER, HUEBMER, HUBERS and GUBERMAN. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. A notable member of this name was ULRICUS HUBER (l636-l694) Dutch jurist. Professor at Franeker, Utrecht and Leiden, and a judge in Friesland, he was author of 'De jure civitatis'(l682) 'Heedendaagse Rechtsgleleertheyt' (l686) translated as 'Jurisprudence of My Time,l939) 'Praelectiones juris civils (l687) and other works, many of which have been influential in South Africa.
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