Hulbert is one of the thousands of names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England.  It comes from the Old English given name of Holbert and is thought to be a corruption of the Old English personal name "Holdbearht" which is composed of the elements of "hold" - meaning "friendly" and "bearht" - meaning "bright".

The name was first found in Wiltshire where they were seated as Lords of the Manor.