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Where did the English Hurd family come from? What is the English Hurd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hurd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hurd family history?The founding heritage of the Hurd family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Hurd comes from when one of the family worked as a herdsman. The surname Hurd is derived from the Old English word herde, which in turn comes from the Old English word heird, which means herd.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hurd has been spelled many different ways, including Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurd research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Hurd History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hurd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hurds to arrive in North America:
Hurd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hurd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hurd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Recte et sapienter
Motto Translation: Rightly and wisely.
The Hurd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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