Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Hurder is derived from the Old English word hierdeman, which means herdman.
Early Origins of the Hurder family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Hurder family
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Hurder Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hurder include Herdman, Herdsman, Hurdman, Heardman, Herder, Hearden, Herden, Hirdman and many more.
Early Notables of the Hurder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hurder family to Ireland
Some of the Hurder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hurder family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hurder were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Lawrence Herder,who settled in Newfoundland in 1706; John Erdman who sailed to Philadelphia in 1737; G. Herder in Texas in 1836; Philip Hearden to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1851.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hurder (post 1700)
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