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The ancestors of the Hyder surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at the hide or at the residence close by. Hyder 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 Hyder 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]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hyder include Hyde, Hide and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyder 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 Hyder History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hyder 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.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hyder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hance Michl Hyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Katharine Hyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Andreas Hyder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Hyder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A M Hyder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Jacob Hyder, aged 30, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852

Hyder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Hyder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • Elizabeth Hyder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • Thomas Hyder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • John Hyder, aged 42, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"


  • Gregory "Greg" Peck Hyder (b. 1948), American former professional basketball player
  • Robert L. Hyder, American Democrat politician, Chair of Howell County Democratic Party, 1949
  • Elton M. Hyder Sr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 12th District, 1946, 1948; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952
  • Bullock Hyder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • Mr. Arthur Hyder (d. 1941), British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Ken Hyder (b. 1946), Scottish jazz fusion drummer and percussionist


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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Hyder Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hyder 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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