The saga of the name Herdson follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the 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
Thus, the name Herdson literally means "son of the herd."
Early Origins of the Herdson family
The surname Herdson was first found in 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
Before the last few 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)
- Peter B Herdson, Australian Forensic Pathologist in Canberra
- Mary Lou Herdson, New Zealand Clinical Senior Lecturer of Medical & Health Sciences at the University of Auckland