The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Epyrdour 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 Epyrdour family
The surname Epyrdour 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 Epyrdour family
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Epyrdour Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Epyrdour has been spelled Aberdour, Abirdour, Aberder, Abirder, Abyrdour and others.
Early Notables of the Epyrdour family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Epyrdour family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Epyrdour: Charles Abirder settled in Georgia between 1790 and 1810.
The Epyrdour 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.