Acord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Acord 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 Acord family

The surname Acord 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 Acord family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acord 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 Acord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acord Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Acord family name include Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.

Early Notables of the Acord 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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United States Acord migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Acord surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Acord Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Lawrence Acord, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
Acord Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Art Acord, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Vandyck" from Santos [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Acord (post 1700) +

  • Will H. Acord (1896-1977), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944 [5]


  1. ^ Lowe, 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNCP-VN5 : 6 December 2014), Art Acord, 25 Jul 1924; citing departure port Santos, arrival port New York, ship name Vandyck, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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