Origins Available: English
The name Hearde is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a herdsman. The surname Hearde is derived from the Old English word herde,
which in turn comes from the Old English word heird,
which means herd.
Early Origins of the Hearde family
The surname Hearde 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.
Early History of the Hearde family
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Hearde Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hearde include Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
Early Notables of the Hearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hearde family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Heard settled in Maine in 1620; Luke Heard settled in Massachusetts in 1630; Walter Heard settled in Virginia in 1650; William Heard settled in Plymouth in 1671.
The Hearde Motto
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.