Herth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Herth. The name was found in the barony of Airth in Stirlingshire. "The Gaelic term ard, or ardhé, signifying a hill, is supposed to have given the name to this place, in which the eminence called the Hill of Airth is a conspicuous feature, and forms a striking contrast to the level district by which it is surrounded." [1]

Early Origins of the Herth family

The surname Herth was first found in the county of Stirling (Gaelic: Siorrachd Sruighlea), a former county in central Scotland, which now makes up parts of the Council Areas of East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire and Stirling, where they were long settled in the barony of Airth near Larbert, Stirlingshire.

Important Dates for the Herth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herth research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 129 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Herth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herth Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Herth has appeared Airth, Airthe, Arthe, D'Arthe, Dearthe, D'Airth, Dairth(e), Erth, D'Erth and many more.

Early Notables of the Herth family (pre 1700)

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Herth migration to the United States

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Herth:

Herth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michel Herth, who arrived in Carolina in 1736 [2]
  • Jacob Herth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Mary Catharine Herth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741-1742 [2]
  • Stephan Herth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Valentin Herth, who landed in America in 1752 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Herth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Val Herth, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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