Origins Available: English
The name Heeard comes from one of the family having worked as a herdsman. The surname Heeard 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 Heeard family
The surname Heeard 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 Heeard family
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Heeard Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heeard have been found, including: Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
Early Notables of the Heeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heeard family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Heeard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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 Heeard 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.