Hiebert Family Genealogy Forum
Firstly Hello from the UK, secondly I hope I am not asking a dumb question that every new comer has asked! (sorry if so) but I have just started tracking down my family tree. We have very little information about the family on my father's side. I think I have tracked down my Grandfather's birth date, August 1898, and birthplace, Silloth in Cumberland(The English Lake District). His name was Herbert Brown - he was a fantastic grand-dad, a master carpenter and toymaker, lived most his life here in Burnley, Lancashire, (UK), married my Gran-ma, Margaret Alice Brown (nee Veevers) and served in the Cavalry during the First World War. We were never told a lot about his parents (family fall-outs?). My "gran-pa" was the youngest of three John, a barber (in my home town - never met) and Earnest - who I am sure I once met as a child (I am now nearly 40 Yrs. Old). My dad, Harold Brown (the youngest of 5 - four girls and him the youngest and only boy!)only remember little bits about his history. Nobody has a birth certificate. I have done general searches for births in the Carlisle (Cumberland) District with the first name of Herbert or Harold (on the off-chance that traditional naming of the first born in each sex follows the parents names/middle names). I have found a birth record of Hiebert Harold Brown, born in the Carlisle District in June 1859. The birth date would make Hiebert Harold about the right age for parenthood of my Grand-dad and his brothers but I can not find anything else about Hiebert. It has been suggested to me that Hiebert is a name of Germanic/Scandinavian origin and I wondered if anybody here can offer advice. It has also been suggested, here in the UK, that Hiebert may have been his historical/real surname - first name Harold (again I am told a good anglo-saxon/germanic firstname) and that one of his parents may have settled in the UK (Silloth / Solway Firth was an early port/Naval landing - again I am relying upon third party advice). His parent(s) may have adopted the (family) Brown name to fit in? (why, how when - we don't not know)and perhaps he in turn named his only son Herbert to carry on the family name???.
Sorry to go on at length but I am stuck so early on into the research!. Paid for searches using the above information on Government Record/Websites do not bring up any information whatsoever using the information gleaned so far - which is why I think one of Hiebert's parents may have emigrated to the UK. Any advice offered as to the origins of the Hiebert name (as a first name or surnmae would be gratefully received). Thank you. Tony Brown
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