Show ContentsHyder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hyder family

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 a point of interest to the family. "A family of the local name is mentioned as holding lands here as early as the reign of King 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]

Hyde in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "So early as the reign of John, a part of the manor of Hyde was held by a family of the same name, of which the great Lord Chancellor Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, was a descendant; the remaining portion was acquired by them in the reign of Edward III." [2]

Early History of the Hyder family

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Hyder Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hyder family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Anne Hyde (1637-1671), Duchess of York and Albany as the first wife of James, Duke of York (later King James II and VII); Frances Hyde, Countess of Clarendon (1617-1667), an English peeress, the mother-in-law of James II of England; Henry Hyde 2nd Earl of Clarendon PC (1638-1709), an English aristocrat and politician; Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester KG PC (1641-1711), an English statesman and writer; Edward...
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Hyder Ranking

In the United States, the name Hyder is the 6,122nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Hyder family to Ireland

Some of the Hyder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hyder migration to the United States +

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 Michael Hyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
  • Katharine Hyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
  • Andreas Hyder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [4]
Hyder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A M Hyder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Jacob Hyder, aged 30, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [4]

Australia Hyder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hyder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Hyder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [5]
  • Elizabeth Hyder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [5]
  • Thomas Hyder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [5]
  • John Hyder, aged 42, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hyder (post 1700) +

  • Gregory "Greg" Peck Hyder (b. 1948), American former professional basketball player
  • Robert L. Hyder, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Howell County Democratic Party, 1949 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Bullock Hyder, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [6]
  • Ken Hyder (b. 1946), Scottish jazz fusion drummer and percussionist

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Arthur Hyder, British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking [7]

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

  1. Lower, 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.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from
  7. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook