Herte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Herte family have grown. This surname was also derived form the Old English word "heorot," which meant "stag." [1] The original bearer of this name most likely was known by this nickname due to some traits or attributes that seemed "stag-like." There are many folk tales, myths, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Herte family

The surname Herte was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Amicia le Hurt, Thomas le Hurt, and Hugh le Hurt as all holding lands there at that time. [1]

"In the reign of Edward I, Hurt was a common name in Oxfordshire, and it was also represented then in Lincolnshire and Devonshire." [2]

However, another source notes Aelfric Hort was living in Hampshire c. 1060 and in this case, he would have been a Saxon as this was before the Norman Conquest in 1066. He continues: Roger Hert was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166, Reginald Hurt was a Templar from Bedfordshire in 1185, Simon le Hert was listed in the Feet of Fines for Kent in 1197, Godrich le Hurt was listed in Berkshire in 1220, and finally Richard Hort was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221. [3]

Early History of the Herte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herte research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1633, 1595, 1602, 1609, 1461, 1674, 1751, 1674, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Herte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herte Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Herte has been spelled many different ways, including Hurt, Hurte and others.

Early Notables of the Herte family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Herte family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hertes to arrive in North America: Toby Hurt, who sailed to Virginia in 1623; Robert Hurt to Barbados in 1635; Richard Hurt to Somers Island in 1635; Edward Hurt to Virginia in 1650; John Hurt to Bermuda in 1662.



  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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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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