The rugged western mountains of Scotland's coastline and the Hebrides
islands were home to the ancestors of the Herde family. Herde was originally a name for a brave person. This surname is a nickname
, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Herde comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Herde family
The surname Herde was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, 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 Herde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herde research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Herde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herde Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. Herde has been spelled Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Herde family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Herde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herde family to Ireland
Some of the Herde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herde family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Herde arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Hardey settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1725; Robert Hardey settled in Maryland in 1774; John Hardy settled in Salem in 1630; Thomas Hardy settled in Virginia in 1642.