The name Heredia originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik
and the Old Norse name Eiríkr.
Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Heredia family
The surname Heredia was first found in Leicestershire
. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric and Erish in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire
in 1211. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire
, where his family hath continued ever since." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Heredia family
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Heredia 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 Heredia has appeared include Herrick, Herricke and others.
Early Notables of the Heredia family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heredia family to Ireland
Some of the Heredia family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Heredia family to the New World and Oceana
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 Heredia arrived in North America very early: Jacob Herrick settled in New York in 1646; Henry Herrick settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Herrick settled in Virginia in 1636.
Contemporary Notables of the name Heredia (post 1700)
- Wilson Jermaine Heredia (b. 1971), American actor
- Gilbert Heredia (b. 1965), former American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
- Severiano de Heredia (1836-1901), French politician
- Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia (b. 1942), Spanish politician
- Fernando Martínez Heredia, Cuban Communist politician
- Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia (1561-1627), Spanish monk, musician and composer
- José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (1911-1992), Spanish film director
- Carlos Olaf Heredia (b. 1957), Mexican football goalkeeper
- Enrique Martínez Heredia (b. 1953), Spanish former road bicycle racer
- Pedro de Heredia, Spanish conqueror, founder of the city Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia
- ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Heredia Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus omnia nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue ennobles all things.