The name Hearndynd is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Harrowden in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.
Early Origins of the Hearndynd family
The surname Hearndynd was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Harrowden is a one-street hamlet in Bedfordshire
. Great Harrowden and Little Harrowden are parishes and villages in Northamptonshire that date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where collectively they were known as Hargedone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "hill of the heathen shrines or temples," from the Old English words "hearg" + "dun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Ironically "Little" Harrowden has more inhabitants that "Great" Harroweden and that has been the case for more than 100 years. In the 15th century the manors of Great and Little Harrowden were held by Sir William Vaux who was slain at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Great Harrowden Hall was built between 1716 and 1719. The All Saints Church dates back to Norman times and is famous for its medieval Doom (painting.) There is also a brass to William Harrowden from the 16th century located there.
Early History of the Hearndynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hearndynd research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Hearndynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hearndynd Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hearndynd has been spelled many different ways, including Harraden, Harradine, Haridine, Harridine, Horoden, Harnden, Herndon and many more.
Early Notables of the Hearndynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hearndynd family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hearndynds to arrive in North America: Edward Harraden, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1635; Jabez Harraden, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1836 and Alfred Harraden, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1845..