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Herden is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Herden is derived from the Old English word hierdeman, which means herdman.

Herden Early Origins



The surname Herden was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Herden Spelling Variations


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Herden Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Herden include Herdman, Herdsman, Hurdman, Heardman, Herder, Hearden, Herden, Hirdman and many more.

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Herden Early History


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Herden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herden research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1268, 1272, 1273, 1307, 1524, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Herden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Herden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herden In Ireland


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Herden In Ireland



Some of the Herden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Herden were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Herden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Herden moved to Philadelphia, PAin 1856

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