Origins Available: English
The many generations and branches of the Heeart family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a herdsman. The surname Heeart 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 Heeart family
The surname Heeart 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 Heeart family
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Heeart Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Heeart were recorded, including Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
Early Notables of the Heeart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heeart family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Heeart family emigrate to North America: 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 Heeart 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.