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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Herte come from its first bearer, who was a person who was known for their speed. This surname was also derived form the Old English word Harte which was a nickname. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Herte family


The surname Herte was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Early History of the Herte family

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Early History of the Herte family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herte research.
Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Herte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herte Spelling Variations

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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.

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Early Notables of the Herte family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Herte family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Herte family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Herte family to the New World and Oceana


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.

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