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The history of the Hyde family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living at the hide or at the residence close by. Hyde is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


The surname Hyde was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England. A hide is a feudal portion of land that was measured by the quality of land, not its size. In other words, a hide was so much land as "with its house and toft, right of common, and other appurtenances, was considered to be sufficient for the necessities of a family." [1] Urmston in Lancashire is of interest to the family. "A family of the local name is mentioned as holding lands here as early as the reign of John. About the time of Henry IV., Raff Hyde married the heiress of Adam Urmston, and thus obtained the estate." [2] "Here [in Woodford, Wiltshire] was a palace of the bishops of Salisbury, but no traces of it are now visible. Charles II., after the battle of Worcester, was concealed in Heale House, in the parish, at that time the residence of the Hyde family." [2]

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 Hyde include Hyde, Hide and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyde research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1674, 1637, 1671, 1617, 1667, 1638, 1709, 1641, 1711, 1609, 1674, 1631, 1627, 1631, 1595, 1665, 1641, 1711, 1667, 1712, 1712, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Hyde History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 283 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hyde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hyde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hyde or a variant listed above:

Hyde Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Hyde, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1633
  • John Hyde settled in Boston in 1635
  • Richard Hyde, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • George Hyde, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Phillip Hyde, who landed in Virginia in 1642

Hyde Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Hyde, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Ann Hyde, who arrived in New York in 1711
  • Carl Hyde, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Fredrich Hyde, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Conradt Hyde, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794

Hyde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James P Hyde, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Daniel Hyde, aged 47, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • Joseph Hyde, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Edmond Hyde, who arrived in Ohio in 1840
  • John Hyde, who landed in New York in 1840

Hyde Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Hyde, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ellen Hyde, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Hyde arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • William Hyde arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850
  • Thomas Hyde, English Convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Hyde Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Hyde, aged 20, a painter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Margaret Hyde arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Charles Hyde arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870
  • Eliza Hyde arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870
  • Frederick Hyde arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870


  • R. Bruce Hyde (1941-2015), American educator and actor, professor emeritus of communication studies at St. Cloud State University, known for his role as Lt. Kevin Riley in the original Star Trek series
  • Brigadier-General James Francis Clark Hyde (1894-1944), American Commanding General Island Service Command (1943-1944)
  • Walter Lewis Hyde (1919-2003), American physicist, an early contributor to the field of fiber optics
  • Henry John Hyde (1924-2007), American Republican, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2006 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Edward Hyde (1650-1712), American politician, Governor of North Carolina (1711-1712)
  • Mr. Reginald G Hyde, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Brigadier Walter Court Hyde (b. 1892), Brigadier General Staff Pacific Command (1944-1945)
  • Vicki Hyde (b. 1962), New Zealand science writer and editor, and chair-entity of the New Zealand Skeptics
  • Miriam Hyde (1913-2005), Australian composer, pianist, poet and music educator awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1981
  • Robin Hyde (1906-1939), New Zealand poet



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: Deus novis haec otio fecit
Motto Translation: God hath given us these things in tranquillity.


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  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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The Hyde Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hyde 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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