Hersett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hersett is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Hersett is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Hersett literally means "son of the herdsman." [1]

Early Origins of the Hersett family

The surname Hersett 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.

In Essex, Robert Herdesman was listed at Colchester in 1367. [2]

Early History of the Hersett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hersett research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1621, 1660, 1685, 1651 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Hersett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hersett Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hersett include Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.

Early Notables of the Hersett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Herdson (fl. 1651), English writer on mnemonics, probably received part of his education at Cambridge, as he terms that university his 'dearest mother.' He styled himself professor of the art of memory by public authority in the University of Cambridge. Afterwards he taught his art in London at the...
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Migration of the Hersett family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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