Havord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Havord 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Havord family

The surname Havord 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 Havord family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Havord research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1431, 1455, 1487, 1607, 1638, 1637, 1607 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Havord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Havord Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Havord were recorded, including Havard, Harvard, Haverd, Harverd and others.

Early Notables of the Havord family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Harvard (1607-1638), English minister who emigrated to America in 1637, but died a year later of tuberculosis. He bequeathed Massachusetts Bay Colony's New College which was later renamed Harvard College in his honor. He was born in the High Street of Southwark...
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United States Havord migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Havord family emigrate to North America:

Havord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alice Havord, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [2]

New Zealand Havord migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Havord Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Havord, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Phoebe Havord, aged 42, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Matthew Havord, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • George Havord, aged 16, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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