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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 word hog-garth.


The surname Huggard was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huggard research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1764 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Huggard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huggard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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..


  • 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 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.


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    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Huggard Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Huggard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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