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Where did the English Heard family come from? What is the English Heard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heard family history?Heard is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a herdsman. The surname Heard is derived from the Old English word herde, which in turn comes from the Old English word heird, which means herd.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Heard include Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heard research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Heard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Heard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Heard were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Heard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Heard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Heard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Heard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Heard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Heard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Recte et sapienter
Motto Translation: Rightly and wisely.
The Heard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heard 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.
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