Vibert

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Vibert daughters photographed by Ernest Baudoux

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Origin of Surname

The family name is derived from the given name Vibert, the French for Wigbeorht.

A charter of King Stephen in 1136 mentions Benedict, son of Wibert.

Early records

The earliest mention of the surname in official Channel Island records was in Guernsey in 1274. In the rent roll of that year for the area known as Vale in Guernsey there is mention of a Robert Wiberd.

On 23 November 1292 Pierre Vibert appears as a juror for the parish of St Brelade in the Rolls of the Court Assizes held by Robert de Leysset and the Prior Wenlock, Justices itinerant.

In 1338 another Pierre Vibert was recorded as having been an archer who defended Mont Orgueil Castle against the seige of the French Admiral Nicholas Behuchet (1338-1345).

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The family of Vibert, Wibert, or Wiberd, is said to be of Tyrolese extraction; and a family settled at the present day in Geneva, named Wiberd, bears the same arms as the Jersey family of Vibert. The insular branch must, however, have been settled in the island from a very remote period, for so early as 1292, Peter Vibert, of the parish of St Brelade, is recorded as member of a jury serving under Robert de Lysset and the Prior of Wenlock, the Justices-Itinerant of the King of England. Most Vibert descendants today can trace their lineage back either to John Vibert (1470) or Philippe Vibert (1490).

Philip-Dumaresq Vibert, who represents the eldest branch of the family, has a contingent claim to the Seigneurie of St Ouen; and John-Este Vibert the representative of the junior branch co-represents, besides, those families whose arms are figured in his plate, branches of the houses of De Carteret, Dumaresq, Larbalestier, Payn, Bagot, Crafford, and Le Bastard.

Arms

As borne by John-Este Vibert): Argent, a fesse, azure, between three eagles, displayed, sable. Quartering : Barry, azure and or, over all, an anchor, erect, counterchanged, for Le Bosquet

Argent, three lozenges, gules, for Arthur

Per fesse, argent and or ; in chief, a dexter hand, clenched, ppr., cuffed of the second ; in base, a mullet of the first, for Poingdestre

Argent, three owls, sable, for Le Couteur

Crest : An eagle, displayed, per pale, or and sable.

Variants

  • Vibert, 1299
  • Vybert
  • Wibert
  • Wiberd

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