Origin of Surname
The family name is derived from the given name Vibert, the French for Wigbeorht, meaning `brilliant in battle`.
A charter of King Stephen in 1136 mentions Benedict, son of Wibert.
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 siege of the French Admiral Nicholas Behuchet (1338-1345), whilst in 1479, a further Pierre Vibert is mentioned in the `Partage des Héritages` of Michel Le Feuvre, Seigneur of Vinchelez, as being, at that date, Seigneur de Portinfer. The same source, cited in the Annual Bulletin of the Société Jersiaise, 111, 238-9, also mentions Colin Vibert and Regnauld Vibert, both of whom were living in 1479, probably in St Ouen. The Extente of 1528 mentions Thomas and Perrin Vibert of St Ouen and Jean Vibert of St Peter.
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".
- Note: Payne, on many occasions in his Armorial of Jersey, claimed exotic foreign origins for families whose surnames were, as likely as not, formed within the Channel Islands, as in this instance.
Despite the mention of Pierre Vibert in St Brelade in 1292, the surname, in the late middle ages, was almost exclusively identified with the parishes of St Ouen and St Peter, in the north-west of Jersey. The Viberts in these two parishes were probably connected, perhaps in the mid-15th century, as the heirs of Julien Vibert of St Ouen (circa 1625) received annually 1 cabot of wheat rente from Jean Vibert of St Peter.
The bearers of the surname were not numerous, prior to the 18th century, in St Ouen, despite having resided there from such an early date. In contrast, those of St Peter, living in the north of the Vingtaine of Augerez, in the area aptly named La Ville ês Viberts, had already in the 16th century, six branches. Most Vibert descendants today can trace their lineage back either to John Vibert (1470- ) of St Peter or Philippe Vibert (1490- ) of St Ouen.
Payne continued: "Philip-Dumaresq Vibert, who represents the eldest [it was in fact a junior] branch of the [St Peter] family, has a contingent claim to the Seigneurie of St Ouen; and John-Esté Vibert, the representative of the junior [it was actually the senior] branch [in St Peter] 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".
As borne by John-Esté 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; and Argent, three owls, sable, for Le Couteur.
Crest : An eagle, displayed, per pale, or and sable.
- Vibert, 1299
Jersey family trees
There is considerable overlap and duplication in these trees, several of which have been included since the early weeks of the website in 2010. Some have been individually reviewed and updated since then but a complete review of the Vibert family in Jersey is overdue, and will be undertaken when time permits. We had believed that the trees covered all Vibert descendant lines in the island but a new tree was added in 2019 and, following research into Viberts in St Mary, a further seven-generation tree was added in 2021
- Descendants of John Vibert (1470)
- Descendants of Philippe Vibert (1490)
- Descendants of Helier Vibert (1619)
- Descendants of Jean Vibert (1676)
- Descendants of John Vibert (1767)
- Descendants of Jean Vibert (1767)
- Descendants of John Vibert (1793)
- Descendants of Philip Vibert (1788)
- Descendants of Philip Vibert (1770)
- Descendants of James Vibert (1780)
- Descendants of Thomas Vibert (1805)
- Descendants of John Vibert (1782)
- Descendants of Jean Vibert
- Descendants of Philippe Vibert
- Descendants of Philippe Vibert - 2: A different Philippe
- Descendants of Lucas Vibert Added 2019
- Descendants of Noe Vibert: St Mary family Added 2021
- Vibert baptisms in Jersey
- Vibert marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Vibert marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Vibert burials in Jersey
- Viberts of St Brelade
- Ralph Vibert
- Jehan George Vibert, 19th century painter
- Jean Pierre Vibert, 18th century rose breeder
- Captain Jean Vibert, Jersey privateer
- Captain Philip Vibert
- John Este Vibert academic and schoolteacher
- Dennis Vibert's report after escaping early in the Occupation
Great War service
- Le Masurier and Vibert were ironmongers at 5 Queen Street in the 1870s, followed by Vibert and Ahier in the 1890s and early 1900s
- Argilston, St Brelade
- Broadfields, St Lawrence
- Beech Farm, St Peter
- Beechleigh, St Peter
- Le Coin Cottages, St Brelade
- Ivy Farm, St John, St John
- Maison de Trodez, St Ouen
- Les Pallieres Farm, St Ouen
- La_Vieille_Fontaine, St Ouen
- Woodbine Farm, St Ouen
- Woodlands, St Ouen, St Ouen
- Ville Bagot, St Ouen
- Viberts in Canada, a descendant's tale of an emigrant family
Edward and Ada Vibert and their daughters: Annie Symons, Emma Coutanche, Louisa Le Roux, Laura Ahier, Alice Pinel, Lydia Allen, Blanche Le Marquand, Clara Allo, Ada Bisson and Florence Collins. Ada was in mourning for the loss of her husband George Henry Bisson, who was killed in action in the Great War
Miss Vibert photographed by Ernest Baudoux
Mr H Vibert photographed by Ernest Baudoux
A Mr and Mrs Vibert photographed by Ernest Baudoux
Vibert daughters photographed by Ernest Baudoux
These are two versions of the same photograph, the one on the left sent to us in 2016, identifying the subject as Florence Vibert, of The Grange, St Mary, in 1861 ... the second, which we received in 2018, identified her as Florence Ann, daughter of Thomas and Ann Deslandes and born in 1854. She was said to be about ten, but dressed to look older, as was the fashion for portrait photographs of children in the mid-19th century. However, this Florence and her family were living at 9 St Saviour's Road in 1861 and 1871, and further research has revealed that she is not the girl in the photograph. She was Florence Edith Vibert (1847-1938) the daughter of John Este Vibert and Ann Matilda, nee Touzel, of Le Grange, St Mary. She would have been 14 when the photograph was taken, a little older than the estimate given accompanying the second copy.
Florence was one of five daughters of John Este Vibert and Ann Matilda. John was born in Alderney, the son of another John, an Army chaplain there, and son of Philip Vibert. He was named Este for his godfather Augustus Este, an officer, and the illegitimate son of Augustus, son of King George III. John Este had a son also named John Este who became a teacher, and married Fanny Dix. Together they were tutors to a Russian, Prince Bariatinsky, in about 1861, travelling on 'grand tour'. They returned to Jersey where John Este Vibert jnr ran a school at La Tour, St Aubin, where he died in 1886, aged 49. His widow ran a school in Clarence Terrace, St Helier, taking in boarders. Her sisters-in-law also ran a school in Midvale Road. John and Fanny's son, also John Este Vibert, died in 1917 following a career as an engineer in the Royal Navy.
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