Hirdghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Hirdghan dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Hirdghan is derived from the Old English word hierdeman, which means herdman.
Early Origins of the Hirdghan family
The surname Hirdghan was first found in Norfolk, where Osbert Hirdam was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1166. A few years later, Simon le Hyrdeman was found in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1181 and John le Herdman, Walter Herdman were found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. 
The Herder variant is very rare but in this case, Nicholas le Herder was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327; and John Hurder was listed in Somerset in 1333. The name is derived from the Middle English word "herden," or "hurdern," literally meaning "to take care of, to tend," from the word "herdman." 
Early History of the Hirdghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hirdghan research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1268, 1272, 1273, 1307, 1524, 1762 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Hirdghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hirdghan 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 Hirdghan has undergone many spelling variations, including Herdman, Herdsman, Hurdman, Heardman, Herder, Hearden, Herden, Hirdman and many more.
Early Notables of the Hirdghan family
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Migration of the Hirdghan family to Ireland
Some of the Hirdghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hirdghan family
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 Hirdghan were among those contributors: Lawrence Herder,who settled in Newfoundland in 1706; John Erdman who sailed to Philadelphia in 1737; G. Herder in Texas in 1836; Philip Hearden to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1851.
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)