Show ContentsHirte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Hirte family have grown. This surname was also derived form the Old English word "heorot," which meant "stag." 1 The original bearer of this name most likely was known by this nickname due to some traits or attributes that seemed "stag-like." There are many folk tales, myths, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Hirte family

The surname Hirte was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Amicia le Hurt, Thomas le Hurt, and Hugh le Hurt as all holding lands there at that time. 1

"In the reign of Edward I, Hurt was a common name in Oxfordshire, and it was also represented then in Lincolnshire and Devonshire." 2

However, another source notes Aelfric Hort was living in Hampshire c. 1060 and in this case, he would have been a Saxon as this was before the Norman Conquest in 1066. He continues: Roger Hert was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166, Reginald Hurt was a Templar from Bedfordshire in 1185, Simon le Hert was listed in the Feet of Fines for Kent in 1197, Godrich le Hurt was listed in Berkshire in 1220, and finally Richard Hort was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221. 3

Early History of the Hirte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hirte research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1461, 1595, 1602, 1609, 1633, 1674, 1690, 1695 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Hirte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hirte Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hirte were recorded, including Hurt, Hurte and others.

Early Notables of the Hirte family

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United States Hirte migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hirte family emigrate to North America:

Hirte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Tobias Hirte, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 4
  • Mary Hirte, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743 4
  • Christoph Hirte, who arrived in America in 1780 4

Australia Hirte migration to Australia +

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

Hirte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Hirte, aged 51, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" 5

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from on Facebook