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Okearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Okearde was formed. The name was derived from the Old French personal names Achart and Aquart.

Early Origins of the Okearde family

The surname Okearde was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Okearde family

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Okearde Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Okearde include Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.

Early Notables of the Okearde family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Okearde family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Okearde were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: P. Achard, who sailed to Louisiana in 1719; Michael and Joseph Achard, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1796; and A. Achard, who arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..

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