Herder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Herder surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Herder began when someone in that family worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Herder is derived from the Old English word hierdeman, which means herdman.

Early Origins of the Herder family

The surname Herder was first found in Norfolk, where Osbert Hirdam was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1166. A few years later, Simon le Hyrdeman was found in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1181 and John le Herdman, Walter Herdman were found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [1]

The Herder variant is very rare but in this case, Nicholas le Herder was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327; and John Hurder was listed in Somerset in 1333. The name is derived from the Middle English word "herden," or "hurdern," literally meaning "to take care of, to tend," from the word "herdman." [1]

Early History of the Herder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herder research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1273, 1268, 1272, 1307, 1524, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Herder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herder 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 Herder has appeared include Herdman, Herdsman, Hurdman, Heardman, Herder, Hearden, Herden, Hirdman and many more.

Early Notables of the Herder family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Herder family to Ireland

Some of the Herder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Herder 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 Herder arrived in North America very early:

Herder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G. Herder, who landed in Texas in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name Herder (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Rendell Herder, newspaper publisher in St. John's, Newfoundland


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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