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Where did the English Heather family come from? What is the English Heather family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heather family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heather family history?

The ancient roots of the Heather family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Heather comes from when the family lived on a heath, which is an area of level, uncultivated land with poor, coarse, undrained soil and rich deposits of peat or peaty humus. The surname Heather belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Heather has appeared include Heath, Hethe and others.

First found in Durham where it was first listed as Atte-Hethe, Apud Hethe and Del la Hethe in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1279. [1] The name was denoted for someone who lived on or by a heath, typically filled with heather. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heather research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1649, 1501, 1578, 1629, 1664 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Heather History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heather Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Heather 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.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Heather arrived in North America very early:

Heather Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richd Heather, who arrived in Virginia in 1640
  • Edward Heather, aged 25, arrived in Barbados in 1683

Heather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Heather, aged 20, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Heather, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1872

Heather Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Heather arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849

Heather Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D H Heather landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Heather landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Nimrod
  • Arthur Heather arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861


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: Espere mieux
Motto Translation: Hope for better.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

The Heather Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heather Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 September 2013 at 10:53.

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