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

Heritage is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal System. The surname Heritage is derived from the Old English word heritage, which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage and heritage. These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium, which comes from the word heres, which means heir.

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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 Heritage include Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.

First found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heritage research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1519, 1558 and 1st. are included under the topic Early Heritage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heritage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Heritage were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Heritage Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Heritage traveled to New Jersey in 1664

Heritage Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • W. Heritage came to San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Thomas C Heritage, Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral, Huntingdonshire
  • John Heritage Ph.D., of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds


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  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Heritage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heritage 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.

This page was last modified on 12 February 2013 at 15:50.

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