Show ContentsAchard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Achard came 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 Achard family

The surname Achard 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 Achard family

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Achard Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Achard has been recorded under many different variations, including Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.

Early Notables of the Achard 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...
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Achard Ranking

In France, the name Achard is the 1,489th most popular surname with an estimated 3,921 people with that name. [3]

United States Achard migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Achard or a variant listed above:

Achard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Achard, aged 30 settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • P. Achard, who sailed to Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Louis Achard, aged 20, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [4]
  • Pierre Achard, aged 30, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [4]
  • Joseph Achard, who settled in Philadelphia in 1796
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Achard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Achard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A. Achard, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Elmund Achard, who arrived in Arkansas in 1859 [4]

Canada Achard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Achard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph-André Achard, son of Guillaume and Marie-Anne Gaspard of Saint-Sulpice, Québec who married Marie-Anne Horson of Québec in 1760

Contemporary Notables of the name Achard (post 1700) +

  • Anton Emil Achard (1889-1944), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1927-30; Member of Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1929-30; Chair of Clare County Republican Party, 1929-32 [5]
  • Michel Jacques François Achard, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Marcel Achard (1899-1974), French playwright
  • Louis Amédée Achard (1814-1876), French novelist
  • Emile Achard (1860-1944), French physician
  • Franz Karl Achard (1753-1821), Swiss chemist

  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)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Michel Achard. Retrieved from on Facebook