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Origins Available: English
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.
The surname Heard was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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
- John Heard settled in Maine in 1620
- Thornas Heard, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Luke Heard settled in Massachusetts in 1630
- Thomas Heard, who landed in New England in 1631
- Luke Heard, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1639
Heard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Heard, who landed in Virginia in 1713
Heard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carl Heard, aged 32, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
- Daniel Heard, aged 23, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
Heard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jacob Heard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1730
- Mr. Edmund Heard U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
Heard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Heard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839
- Eliza Heard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
- Ellen Heard, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
- James Heard, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
- John Heard, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
Heard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Heard, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
- Brigadier-General Ralph Townsend Heard (1895-1993), American Assistant Chief of Staff US Army Forces Pacific Ocean Areas (1943-1945)
- Major-General Jack Whitehead Heard (1887-1976), American Member of War Department Manpower Board (1943-1946)
- Herman Willie Heard Jr. (b. 1961), former professional American football running back
- Charles Heard (1872-1945), American Major League Baseball pitcher and outfielder
- Nathan Heard (1937-2004), best-selling American author
- Augustine Heard (1785-1868), American entrepreneur, businessman and trader
- Jerry M. Heard (b. 1947), American professional golfer
- John Heard Jr. (b. 1945), American actor
- Amber Laura Heard (b. 1986), American actress and model
- John Mark Heard (1951-1992), American record producer, folk-rock singer, and songwriter
- Miscellaneous Collections of Heards by Harold Heard.
- Miscellaneous Heards, Addend.
- by Harold Heard, Southern Heard Famili.
- by Harold Heard.
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 sapienterMotto Translation:
Rightly and wisely.
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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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