Huber and its derivatives (Hubbard, Hibbert, Hibbins, Hibbs, Hibson, and possibly Hoover) derive from the word, hube, a measure of land that could sustain and be worked by one farmer’s family. The name Huber designated the farmer who owned a “hube.”
The name is most prevalent in Germany (over 122,000 people) and most common in Austria where it is the second most common name in the country. In Switzerland, where Mary-Alice’s ancestors came from, it is the 7th most common name with 1 in 308 people have the surname.
Mary-Alice’s immigrant ancestor, John Huber, came from Switzerland in 1901 and settled in Wisconsin. In 1910 he and his wife, Bertha, located to Alabama. In 1920, they moved to Saginaw County, Michigan and remained there the rest of their lives. The 1920 Census indicates there were 162 Huber families in Michigan. John’s only son, Clarence, had no children, so the surname ended with Clarence. John’s daughter, Florence, was Mary-Alice’s maternal grandmother.
John Huber was the son of Jacob Huber and Kath Stuckling of Windlach, Zurich, Switzerland. I believe he had four siblings, Ernie, Hermann, Frieda, and Alfred. I know nothing about those siblings and need to research them in the future.
Direct Huber Ancestors
Grandmother – Florence Wilma Huber Darling (1908-1934)
- Great-Grandfather – John Huber (1880-1948)
- 2nd Great-Grandfather – Jacob Huber (b ca 1835-? )
- 3rd Great Grandfather – Jak Huber (?-?)
My records have 21 direct-line descendants of Jak Huber.
- Internet: Forebears Genealogy Portal – Search for surname “Huber.” https://forebears.io/surnames/huber
- Internet: Ancestry.Com — Learn Facts – Search for surname “Huber.” https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=Huber