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Where did the English Haram family come from? What is the English Haram family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haram family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haram family history?

The founding heritage of the Haram family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Haram comes from when one of the family worked as a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Haram come from the Old French word hareng, while later examples come from the Old English word hering, which was originally derived from the Old English words hæring and hering; these words all mean herring. Occupational names such as Haram frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Haram has been spelled many different ways, including Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haram research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1190, 1450, 1750, 1628, 1704, 1693, 1757, 1747 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Haram History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haram Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harams to arrive in North America: Christopher Hering arrived in Philadelphia in 1783 along with George and Jacob; Joseph Herring settled in Barbados in 1635; Simon Herring settled in Virginia in 1663.

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The Haram Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haram 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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