Heird History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Heird is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a herdsman. The surname Heird 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 Heird family

The surname Heird 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.

Important Dates for the Heird family

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Heird Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Heird has appeared include Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.

Early Notables of the Heird family (pre 1700)

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Heird migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Heird arrived in North America very early:

Heird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Heird, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heird (post 1700)

  • William B. Heird (1856-1936), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1920 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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