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The name Herdman is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Herdman is derived from the Old English word hierdeman, which means herdman.

Herdman Early Origins



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

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Herdman Spelling Variations


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Herdman Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Herdman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Herdman include Herdman, Herdsman, Hurdman, Heardman, Herder, Hearden, Herden, Hirdman and many more.

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Herdman Early History


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Herdman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herdman 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 Herdman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herdman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Herdman Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Herdman In Ireland


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Herdman In Ireland



Some of the Herdman 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Herdman or a variant listed above: Lawrence Herder,who settled in Newfoundland in 1706; John Erdman who sailed to Philadelphia in 1737; G. Herder in Texas in 1836; Philip Hearden to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1851.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Herdman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Herdman (post 1700)



  • Priscilla Herdman (b. 1948), American folk singer
  • Joshua Herdman (b. 1987), English actor known for his roles in the Harry Potter films
  • John Mark Ambrose Herdman CBE LVO (1932-2015), Scottish-born, British diplomat, Governor of the British Virgin Islands (1986-1991), Deputy Governor of Bermuda (1983-1986), Acting Governor of Bermuda in 1983
  • Alexander Lawrence Herdman (1869-1953), New Zealand politician, Attorney-General, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Police
  • William Abbott Herdman (1858-1924), prominent Scottish marine biologist and zoologist

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Herdman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herdman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 February 2016 at 03:48.

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