The annals of Scottish history reveal that Epperder was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Epperder family lived in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region) and from Aberdour in Fife
(which is now part of the region of Fife).
Early Origins of the Epperder family
The surname Epperder was first found in Forfarshire
part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, at the Abbey of Arbroath where William Abirdour witnessed a charter by the Earl of Huntlie in 1367. Another William Aberdour was Bailie for the Abbey of Arbroath in 1483.
Early History of the Epperder family
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Epperder Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Epperder include Aberdour, Abirdour, Aberder, Abirder, Abyrdour and others.
Early Notables of the Epperder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Epperder family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Epperder: Charles Abirder settled in Georgia between 1790 and 1810.
The Epperder 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: Hinc spes effulget
Motto Translation: Hence hope shines forth.