Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Herdson is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Herdson literally means "son of the herd."
Early Origins of the Herdson family
Lancashire, on the west coast near Lythom-St. Annes, where they were associated with Furness Abbey. They were a prominent family here from very early times.
Early History of the Herdson family
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Herdson Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Herdson were recorded, including Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.
Early Notables of the Herdson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herdson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Herdson family emigrate to North America: Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Herdson (post 1700)
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