Hurdle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The 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

The surname Hurdle was 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.

Important Dates for the Hurdle family

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Hurdle Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, 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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Hurdle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hurdle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hurdle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Mr. James Hurdle, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hurdle (post 1700)

  • Joan Hurdle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2000 [2]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
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