The Hocharte surname is derived form the Old English word "ortgeard," or "orceard," a compound of "wort," or "plant," and "geard," meaning "yard." It is thought to have originally been a topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or perhaps an occupational
name for a fruit grower. There were also several places named Orchard, such as those in Devon
, and the surname may have been taken on from a place name.
Early Origins of the Hocharte family
The surname Hocharte was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Hartland Abbey in that shire. Although the origin of this name may seem obvious to most, the real source lies far from fruit trees. Far to the north, the Urquharts were hereditary Sheriffs of Cromarty. This difficult Gaelic name posed problems for even the Scottish tongue. In Loch Ness, their seat, they were called Orchar or Orchard. Hence, the name Orchard earned the right to be a sept of the great Clan
Urquhart. In the 14th century it is believed that a branch of this clan moved south to Devon
and became seated at Hartland Abbey.
Early History of the Hocharte family
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Hocharte Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Orchard, Orchar, Orcher, Orcutt, Orcherd, Augher and others.
Early Notables of the Hocharte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hocharte family to Ireland
Some of the Hocharte family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hocharte family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Orchard who settled in Virginia in 1636; Giles Orchard settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; John Orchard settled in Virginia in 1666; Richard Orchard settled in Maryland in 1634.