Early Origins of the Herdswick family
The surname Herdswick was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat in that shire.
Early History of the Herdswick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herdswick research.Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1077, 1173, 1180, 1189, 1415, 1431, 1535, 1570, 1430, 1455, 1487 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Herdswick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herdswick 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 Herdswick 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 Herdswick include: Erdswick, Eardswick, Earedeswick, Herdeswick, Herdswick, Eyrdswick, Eardswick, Erdswich, Eeardswich, Erdswike and many more.
Early Notables of the Herdswick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herdswick family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Herdswick or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..