Horde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Horde is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a "herdsman," having derived from the Old English word "hierde," meaning "herd." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Horde family

The surname Horde 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 Horde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horde 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 Horde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horde Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Horde has appeared include Hord, Horde, Hoord, Hoorde, Hoard, Hoarde and others.

Early Notables of the Horde 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 Horde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Horde migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Horde arrived in North America very early:

Horde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hans Jacob Horde, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830 [4]
  • William Horde, who settled in America in 1856


  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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