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Early Origins of the Herod family

The surname Herod was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute.

The name in Anglo Saxon, signifies "The love of the army," From Har, an army, and hold, love. [1] Hence the name is often referred to as "powerful warrior." [2]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Agnes Harald, Oxfordshire; John Harald, Wiltshire; Reginald Haralt, Oxfordshire; and Roger Harold, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robertus Harald; and Stephen Harald as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Herod family

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Herod Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harold, Harald, Harrell, Hirrell, Hurrell and others.

Early Notables of the Herod family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Harold, O.F.M. (died 1685), an Irish Franciscan and historical writer. He was a native of Limerick, and member of the Franciscan order, to which his uncle, Luke Wadding, was the historiographer. Harold...
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Herod Ranking

In the United States, the name Herod is the 8,193rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Herod family to Ireland

Some of the Herod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Herod migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Herod, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [5]
  • William Herod, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [5]

Australia Herod migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Herod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Herod (post 1700) +

  • William Wirt Herod (1835-1906), American politician, Candidate for Indiana State Senate, 1866; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1872; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1879; Candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1891 [7]
  • William Herod (1801-1871), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1829-31, 1844-45; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1831-33, 1848-51; U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1837-39; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1840 [7]
  • C. W. Herod, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916 [7]
  • Captain Gary L. Herod DFC (1929-1961), Texas Air National Guard pilot who after engine failure, remained with the plane to ensure that it did not crash into the suburban homes of Houston neighborhoods
  • William Herod (1801-1871), American Congressional Representative from Indiana
  • Dennis Herod (1923-2009), English former footballer
  • Colonel Donald Herod Peterson (1923-2018), United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut with over 5 days in space [8]

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  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022).
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from
  8. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Donald Peterson. Retrieved from
  9. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook