Hoard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hoard is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a "herdsman," having derived from the Old English word "hierde," meaning "herd." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Hoard family

The surname Hoard was first found in Lincolnshire where William Lehird was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls. Thomas Hord was found in the Assize Rolls for Shropshire in 1221 and later, Reginald le Herd was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1243. Later, Richard le Hurde was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [3]

Early History of the Hoard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoard research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1396, 1982, 1455, 1487, 1599, 1658, 1599, 1614, 1617, 1618, 1621, 1622, 1626, 1630, 1632, 1637 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Hoard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoard Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hoard are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hoard include Hord, Horde, Hoord, Hoorde, Hoard, Hoarde and others.

Early Notables of the Hoard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Hoard (1599-1658), an English clergyman and controversialist in the Arminian interest, credited with the first successfully attack on Calvinistic doctrine by an English clergyman. He was "born in London in 1599, became either clerk or chorister of All Souls' College, Oxford, in 1614, was matriculated on 10 October 1617, and migrated to St. Mary Hall, where he graduated B.A. 20 April 1618, and commenced M.A. in 1621. He was incorporated in the latter...
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hoard migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hoard or a variant listed above:

Hoard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elias Hoard, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [4]
  • Thomas Hoard, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoard (post 1700) +

  • Leroy J. Hoard (b. 1968), former American NFL football player, 1989 Rose Bowl MVP
  • Charles Brooks Hoard (1805-1886), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1857-1861)
  • William Dempster Hoard (1836-1918), American politician, a newspaper editor, 16th Governor of the Wisconsin (1889 to 1891)


  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. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. 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)


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