Hearson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Hearson dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Hearson is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Hearson literally means "son of the herdsman." [1]

Early Origins of the Hearson family

The surname Hearson was first found in Lancashire, on the west coast near Lythom-St. Annes, where they were associated with Furness Abbey. They were a prominent family here from very early times.

In Essex, Robert Herdesman was listed at Colchester in 1367. [2]

Early History of the Hearson family

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Hearson Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hearson has undergone many spelling variations, including Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.

Early Notables of the Hearson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Herdson (fl. 1651), English writer on mnemonics, probably received part of his education at Cambridge, as he terms that university his 'dearest mother.' He styled himself professor of the art of memory by public authority in the University of Cambridge. Afterwards he taught his art in London at the...
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United States Hearson migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hearson were among those contributors:

Hearson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. E. Hearson, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Jos. T. Hearson, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Alfred Hearson, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Hearson, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Emily E. Hearson, aged 47, who immigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hearson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hearson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John George Hearson, (Eyreson), (b. 1784), aged 29, English shoe maker who was convicted in London, England for 14 years for possession of forged bank notes, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1843 [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer


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