Origins Available: English
The origins of the Herd surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Herd began when someone in that family worked as a herdsman. The surname Herd 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 Herd family
The surname Herd 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 Herd family
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Herd 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 Herd has appeared include Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
Early Notables of the Herd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herd family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Herd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Isabella Herd, aged 35, a needlewoman, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
- James Herd, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
Herd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Alfred Herd, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Mary Herd, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- George Herd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
Contemporary Notables of the name Herd (post 1700)
- Harold Shields Herd (1918-2007), Kansas Supreme Court justice
- Jim Herd (b. 1939), former American professional wrestling executive
- Richard Herd Jr. (b. 1932), American actor in television and film
- Johnathan James Herd (b. 1989), English footballer
- Robin Herd (b. 1939), English engineer, designer and businessman
- Benjamin Alexander Herd (b. 1985), English footballer
- David George Herd (1934-2016), Scottish international footballer
- David Herd (1732-1810), Scottish anthologist who was a noted collector of national ballads
- Fred Herd (1874-1954), Scottish professional golfer
- Alexander "Sandy" Herd (1868-1944), Scottish professional golfer
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Herd 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.