Today's generation of the Eperkirdoch family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts
. The first family to use the name Eperkirdoch lived in the old barony of Aberkirder, in Banffshire.
Early Origins of the Eperkirdoch family
The surname Eperkirdoch was first found in Banffshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland
, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire
, in the old barony of Aberkirder, where one of the first of the Clan
on record was John Aberkirder who rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England
, in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Aberchirder is a village, in the parish of Marnoch, "derived from Sir David Aberkerder, Thane of Aberkerder, who lived about the year 1400, and possessed great property here." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Eperkirdoch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eperkirdoch research.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1468 are included under the topic Early Eperkirdoch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eperkirdoch Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Eperkirdoch has appeared Aberkirder, Aberkerdour, Aberchirdour and others.
Early Notables of the Eperkirdoch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eperkirdoch family to Ireland
Some of the Eperkirdoch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eperkirdoch family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Eperkirdoch: James Aberkirder who settled in Virginia in 1690.
The Eperkirdoch Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.