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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herd research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Herd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Herd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Herd, aged 35, a needlewoman, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • James Herd, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"

Herd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Herd, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Herd, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • George Herd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
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  • 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 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
  • George Herd (b. 1936), Scottish former footballer
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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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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