While researching my own family (one of who married a Hearl), I noticed a Lot of them in Berwick, York Co., Maine. The spellings of this name never cease to amaze me as their are many. Adding even more probable frustration to anyones research whose working on this surname are the mind boggling ways in which I have found it spelled.For instance...one record had the name spelled HEARL on one record but HEARD on another.Anyone who has searched in the Maine VR's knows that the surname HEARD/HURD is very common.Having seen this Heard/Hearl now makes me wonder how many other HEARL's may be out there disguised as HEARD's in the VR's.An "L" and a "D" can look a lot alike in some of these old poorly handwritten records, made even worse by age and the care of the Scanner/Copier who places these records on film. Many of these old records were so very hard to read that I can see how HEARD and HEARL could be very easily mistaken for another. But if you are searching for some of your missing EARL's or HEARL's check the Berwick, ME VR's.