Achord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Achord originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the Old French personal names Achart and Aquart. Achard was a personal name in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

Early Origins of the Achord family

The surname Achord was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Henry Achard, Huntingdonshire; and Richard Achard, Yorkshire were listed. Later the Yoprkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Hachet, Mergareta Hachet, and Robertus Achard. [2]

Early History of the Achord family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Achord research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1154, 1189, 1273, 1379, 1787, 1636, 1697, 1679, 1695 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Achord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Achord Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Achord has appeared include Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.

Early Notables of the Achord family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Eachard (1636?-1697), an English divine and satirist from Suffolk, twice Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (in 1679 and 1695.) "He governed his college with the utmost care and fidelity, and to the general satisfaction of the whole university. He procured many donations...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Achord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Achord family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Achord arrived in North America very early: P. Achard, who sailed to Louisiana in 1719; Michael and Joseph Achard, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1796; and A. Achard, who arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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