The first family to use the name Kurd lived in the area that was once the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It is a name for a worker in brass. The name Kurd is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "ceard", which refers to a craftsman, a traveling tinker who repaired pots and kettles, and a worker in brass. The family is believed to have made many of the Highland plaid brooches of brass.
Early Origins of the Kurd family
The surname Kurd was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kurd family
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Kurd Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Kurd include Caird, Kaird, Kerd, Keard, Ceard, Kerde, McIncaird, McKincaird, Kincaird and many more.
Early Notables of the Kurd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kurd family to Ireland
Some of the Kurd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Kurd family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Kurd were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: William Caird settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; Thomas Caird settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765.