Anglo-Saxon name Hurdle comes from when its first bearer worked as a herdsman. The surname Hurdle is derived from the Old English word herde, which in turn comes from the Old English word heird, which means herd.
Early Origins of the Hurdle family
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.
Early History of the Hurdle family
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Hurdle Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hurdle include Herd, Heard, Hird, Hurd and others.
Early Notables of the Hurdle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hurdle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hurdle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Hurdle (post 1700)
The Hurdle 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: Recte et sapienter
Motto Translation: Rightly and wisely.
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