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
Thus, the name Hearson literally means "son of the herd."
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.
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)
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Migration of the Hearson family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to the United States, in 1908
- Alfred Hearson, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
- Elizabeth Hearson, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1909
- Emily E. Hearson, aged 47, who emigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1909
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