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.
Early Origins of the Hird family
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.
Early History of the Hird family
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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.
Early Notables of the Hird family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hird family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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
Historic Events for the Hird family
- Mr. William Hird, British Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
The Hird 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.