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

The proud Norman name of Herron was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a person who was long legged or of tall stature. The name Herron is derived from the Old English word heiroun, which meant heron. As in this instance, nickname surnames often described strong traits or features of animals. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Herron were recorded, including Herron, Heron and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herron research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1795 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Herron History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Herron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Herron arrived in North America very early:

Herron Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Patrick Herron, who settled in Boston in 1651

Herron Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Herron, who settled in Georgia in 1738 with his wife and daughter
  • James Herron, aged 12, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Robert Herron, who landed in America in 1795

Herron Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Nathaniel Herron, aged 51, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • Charles Herron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • William Herron, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Henry Herron, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845
  • John Herron, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848


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  • Patrick Herron (b. 1971), American poet
  • Mark Herron (1928-1996), American actor
  • John Herron, American politician, mayor of Pittsburgh (1849 to 1850)
  • Timothy Daniel Herron (b. 1970), American PGA golfer
  • Lieutenant-General Charles Douglas Herron (1877-1977), American Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff US Army (1941-1944)
  • John Herron (b. 1964), Canadian politician, first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1997
  • Denis Herron (b. 1952), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Dr John Joseph Herron (b. 1932), Australian politician, ambassador and medical doctor
  • John Herron (1853-1936), Canadian politician
  • Sir Leslie James Herron KBE, CMG, KStJ (1902-1973), prominent Australian barrister, judge, chief justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales


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  • The Arnold, Best, Cullison and Herron Families by L. Evelyn Strong.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.

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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Herron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herron 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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