Huggard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Huggard comes from one of the family having worked as a keeper of cattle and pigs. The surname Huggard originally derived from the Old English words "hogg" + "hierde." [1]

Early Origins of the Huggard family

The surname Huggard was first found in Northumberland where William Hoggehird was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1279. A few years later, Richard le Hoghird was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1327 and much later, John Hoggard was listed in Yorkshire in 1461. [2]

Willelmus Hoghyrd was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Huggard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huggard research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1640, 1627, 1765, 1557, 1697, 1764, 1734, 1880, 1697, 1697, 1699 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Huggard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huggard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Huggard have been found, including: Hogarth, Hoggart, Hoggarth, Hoggard, Hoggarde and others.

Early Notables of the Huggard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Miles Huggarde or Hoggarde ( fl. 1557), English poet and opponent "of the Reformation, is stated to have been a shoemaker or hosier in London, and the first writer for the Catholic cause who had not received a monastical or academical education." [3] William Hogarth (1697-1764), was a British artist, known for his satirical narrative paintings and engravings who inspired "The Engraving Copyright Act 1734."...
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huggard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huggard family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Huggard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Joseph Hogarth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840; Robert Hoggart, who settled in Virginia in 1773; as well as Edward, Elizabeth, Samuel, and William Hoggatt, who all arrived in New England in 1830..


Contemporary Notables of the name Huggard (post 1700) +

  • Sam Huggard, New Zealand political candidate for the Alliance Party in 2002 New Zealand general election
  • Noel Huggard, Irish entrepreneur who opened Ashford Castle, Ireland as a hotel in the 1930s, site of the film The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in 1951
  • Flight Sergeant Dennis Owen Huggard, New Zealand flight officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, recognized at the 1970 Queen's Birthday Honours
  • Trevor Huggard (b. 1987), Australian politician, 93rd Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • Sir Walter Clarence Huggard, British jurist, Chief Justices of the Straits Settlements, Singapore (1933-1936) Attorney General of British Kenya (1926-1929)
  • Jackie Huggard (b. 1926), Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon and North Melbourne in 1945 and 1946
  • Frank Huggard (1894-1965), Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond (1919-1920) and (1922-1925)
  • Jack Huggard (1901-1972), Australian rules footballer who played for Richmond (1925-1927), father of Jackie Huggard


The Huggard Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Candor dat viribus alas
Motto Translation: Truth gives wings to strength.


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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