Hide History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hide is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hide family once lived at the hide or at the residence close by. Hide is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Hide family

The surname Hide was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England. A hide is a feudal portion of land that was measured by the quality of land, not its size. In other words, a hide was so much land as "with its house and toft, right of common, and other appurtenances, was considered to be sufficient for the necessities of a family." [1]

Urmston in Lancashire is a point of interest to the family. "A family of the local name is mentioned as holding lands here as early as the reign of King John. About the time of Henry IV, Raff Hyde married the heiress of Adam Urmston, and thus obtained the estate." [2]

"Here [in Woodford, Wiltshire] was a palace of the bishops of Salisbury, but no traces of it are now visible. Charles II, after the battle of Worcester, was concealed in Heale House, in the parish, at that time the residence of the Hyde family." [2]

Hyde in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "So early as the reign of John, a part of the manor of Hyde was held by a family of the same name, of which the great Lord Chancellor Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, was a descendant; the remaining portion was acquired by them in the reign of Edward III." [2]

Early History of the Hide family

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Hide Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hide family name include Hyde, Hide and others.

Early Notables of the Hide family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Anne Hyde (1637-1671), Duchess of York and Albany as the first wife of James, Duke of York (later King James II and VII); Frances Hyde, Countess of Clarendon (1617-1667), an English peeress, the mother-in-law of James II of England; Henry Hyde 2nd Earl of Clarendon PC (1638-1709), an English aristocrat and politician; Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester KG PC (1641-1711), an English statesman and writer; Edward...
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Ireland Migration of the Hide family to Ireland

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

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hide surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hide Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hide who settled in New England in 1635
  • Richard Hide, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Hide, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • John Hide, who arrived in New England in 1635 [3]
  • Richard Hide, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [3]
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Hide Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Hide, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702 [3]
  • Sarah Hide, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1748-1749 [3]
Hide Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Hide, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1801 [3]
  • Jonathan Hide, who arrived in Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • James Hide, who arrived in Maryland in 1834 [3]
  • James Hide, aged 22, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1848 [3]
  • William Hide, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [3]
Hide Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Edgar Hide, aged 32, who landed in America from Hampshire, in 1905
  • Francis M. Hide, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Lewis Hide, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Walter Hide, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Walter E. Hide, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1918
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Australia Hide migration to Australia +

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

Hide Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Mary Hide, (Blunn, Sarah), (b. 1779), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1864 [4]
Hide Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hide, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • George Hide, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Hide, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Hannah Hide, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [8]
  • Hill Hide, aged Charles Orlando, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [8]
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New Zealand Hide migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hide Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hide, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Clifford
  • Mr. Thomas Hide, (b. 1814), aged 28, British agricultural labourer travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [9]
  • Mrs. Jemima Hide, (b. 1814), aged 28, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [9]
  • Miss Ann Hide, (b. 1837), aged 5, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [9]
  • Mr. William Hide, (b. 1844), aged 18, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hide (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Bollard Hide (1860-1933), English first class cricketer and test match umpire
  • Jesse Bollard Hide (1857-1924), English cricketer
  • Peter Hide (b. 1944), English born abstract sculptor
  • Raymond Hide CBE FRS (b. 1929), British physicist, former Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford
  • Herbie Hide (b. 1971), born Herbert Okechukwu Maduagwu, British boxer of Nigerian heritage
  • Rodney Philip Hide (b. 1956), New Zealand politician, leader of the political party ACT New Zealand from 2004 to 2011


The Hide Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus novis haec otio fecit
Motto Translation: God hath given us these things in tranquillity.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Britannia
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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