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The history of the name Hird dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a herdsman. The surname Hird is derived from the Old English word herde, which in turn comes from the Old English word heird, which means herd.

Hird Early Origins



The surname Hird was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Hird Spelling Variations


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Hird Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hird has undergone many spelling variations, including Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.

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Hird Early History


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Hird Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hird research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Hird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hird Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hird Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hird were among those contributors:

Hird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Hird, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hird (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hird (post 1700)



  • Dame Thora Hird DBE (1911-2003), English actress, perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms Meet the Wife (1963-66), In Loving Memory (1979-86), Hallelujah! (1983-1984), and Last of the Summer Wine (1986-2003)
  • Harold James Hird (b. 1942), Australian politician, Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (1995-2001) and the ACT House of Assembly (1975-1986)
  • Allan Hird Jr., (b. 1946), Australian rules footballer, father of James Hird
  • Allan Hird Sr., (1918-2007), Australian rules footballer, grandfather of James Hird

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Hird Historic Events


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Hird Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Hird, British Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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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: Recte et sapienter
Motto Translation: Rightly and wisely.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Hird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hird Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 March 2016 at 20:12.

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