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This name derives from Old High German name “Haribert / Heribert”, composed of two elements “*harjaz” (army, army leader, commander, warrior) and “*berhtaz” (light, bright, clear, shining one). In turn the name means “bright army, brilliant warrior, illustrious warrior, splendor army”. Herbert Hoscam († 1180) was of English birth, and served as prelate to Basilicata area, as the Archbishop of Conza. Herbert I of Vermandois, Count of Soissons, Count of Meaux, Count of Vermandois, and lay abbot of Saint Quentin. He was a Carolingian aristocrat who played a significant role in France. This name also came into use as a surname.

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