Ackhearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The chronicles of the Ackhearde family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Ackhearde family lived in the old barony of Urquhart, which is located on Loch Ness in the county of Inverness.
Early Origins of the Ackhearde family
The surname Ackhearde was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Galleroch de Urchart "who lived temp. Alexander II"  was granted lands in Cromarty, and Inverness. He held a family seat at the Castle of Urquhart in 1214. "His descendants were "hereditary sheriffs of Cromarty." 
Important Dates for the Ackhearde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackhearde research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1358, 1611, 1660, 1114, 1759, 1611, 1660 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Ackhearde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ackhearde Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Ackhearde has been written Urquhart, Urquhard, Urchard, Orchard and many more.
Early Notables of the Ackhearde family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Urquhart (Urchard) of Cromarty (1611-c.1660), a Scottish writer and translator, most famous for his translation of Rabelais.
Down in London, Thomas Urquhart ( fl. 1650?), was a "noted violin-maker and was distinguished...
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Migration of the Ackhearde family to Ireland
Some of the Ackhearde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ackhearde family
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Ackhearde: Alexander Urquhart who settled in Antigua in 1679; James Urquart settled in Virginia in 1716; Thomas Urquhart settled in Granada in 1776; Donald Urquhart settled in Jamaica in 1745.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.