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Where did the English Hurd family come from? What is the English Hurd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hurd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hurd family history?

The founding heritage of the Hurd family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Hurd comes from when one of the family worked as a herdsman. The surname Hurd is derived from the Old English word herde, which in turn comes from the Old English word heird, which means herd.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hurd has been spelled many different ways, including Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.

First found in Suffolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurd research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Hurd History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hurd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hurds to arrive in North America:

Hurd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Chris Hurd, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • James Hurd, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Robert Hurd, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • John Hurd, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Nicholas Hurd, aged 19, arrived in New England in 1699

Hurd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Hurd, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742

Hurd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Hurd, aged 23, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Hedvig Gustafsdotter Hurd, aged 21, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Carl Hurd, aged 32, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Ailen Hurd, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Hurd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Hurd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mrs. Annah Hurd U.E., (née Hawley) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Col. Edmund Hurd U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Jehiel Hurd U.E. who settled in Augusta, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Phineas Hurd U.E., "Phinias" who settled in Canada c. 1784


Hurd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abner Hurd, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Tyrus Hurd, who arrived in Canada in 1833

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  • Gale Anne Hurd (b. 1955), American film producer and writer
  • David Hurd (b. 1950), American composer, concert organist, choral director and educator
  • Michelle Hurd (b. 1966), American stage, film, and television actress
  • Peter Hurd (1904-1984), American artist
  • Andrew Hurd (b. 1982), Canadian Olympic freestyle swimmer


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  • Miscellaneous Heards, Addendum by Harold Heard.
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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: Recte et sapienter
Motto Translation: Rightly and wisely.

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The Hurd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurd 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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