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

Harmon is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Herman or Hermannus. The names are really the same; it was a common practice for scribes to record a given name in the Latin style, where us is the masculine suffix. The personal name meant warrior having derived from the Old French word hermant, or from the Old German words hariman or hereman, all of which meant "warrior." This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066, where William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxon nobility and killed King Harold to take the throne of England. After the war, there was a wave of immigration into England from continental Europe, especially from France and Germany.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harmon has undergone many spelling variations, including Harman, Harmon and others.

First found in Suffolk 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 Harmon research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1621, 1646, 1640, 1646, 1440 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Harmon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harmon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Harmon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harmon were among those contributors:

Harmon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Harmon settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Wm Harmon, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • George Harmon, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Absalom Harmon, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • Elk Harmon, who arrived in Virginia in 1654


Harmon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Isabella Harmon, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Henry Harmon, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Hance Peter Harmon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Barbara Harmon, aged 8, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Dewald Harmon, aged 13, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733


Harmon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Harmon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1818
  • Thomas Harmon, who arrived in Maryland in 1824
  • Peter H Harmon, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Jacob Harmon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Cynthia Harmon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • Sergeant Roy W Harmon (1915-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Angela Michelle Harmon Sehorn (b. 1972), American fashion model and television/film actress
  • Eugene Claude Harmon Sr. (1916-1989), American golfer
  • Clifford B. Harmon (1866-1945), American real estate developer and aviator, sponsor of the Harmon Trophy
  • Dick Harmon (1947-2006), American golf instructor
  • Leon D. Harmon (1922-1982), American cyberneticist
  • Thomas Mark Harmon (b. 1951), American football player and two-time Primetime Emmy and four-time Golden Globe nominated actor, probably best known for his role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in television show NCIS
  • Thomas Dudley "Tom" Harmon (1919-1990), American college football player, winner of the Heisman Trophy, father of Mark Harom
  • Major-General Ernest Nason Harmon (1894-1974), American Deputy Commander in Chief Army Ground Forces (1947-1948)
  • Lieutenant-General Hubert Reilly Harmon (1892-1957), American Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy (1954-1956)

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  • Clara Harmon Bradshaw: Her American Ancestors and Her Descendants by Mary Frances Bradshaw Dittrich.
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The Harmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmon 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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