The surname Havird is derived from the Old English personal name
"Hereweard," which is in turn made up of the elements "here," which meant army, and "weard," which meant "guard."
Early Origins of the Havird family
The surname Havird was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Havird family
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Havird Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Havird have been found, including Havard, Harvard, Haverd, Harverd and others.
Early Notables of the Havird family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Havird family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Havird, or a variant listed above: John Harvard (1607-38), namesake to Harvard University, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637; Elizabeth Havard, who arrived in Virginia in 1675; Pierre Havard, who was on record in Quebec in 1690.
Contemporary Notables of the name Havird (post 1700)
- Kurt Havird, American Professor of Agriculture at Florida Gateway College