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Harrah History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Irish


The Anglo-Saxon name Harrah comes from when the family resided in the village of Harrowden in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.


Early Origins of the Harrah family


The surname Harrah was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from ancient times. Harrowden is a one-street hamlet in Bedfordshire. Great Harrowden and Little Harrowden are parishes and villages in Northamptonshire that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where collectively they were known as Hargedone. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "hill of the heathen shrines or temples," from the Old English words "hearg" + "dun." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Ironically "Little" Harrowden has more inhabitants that "Great" Harroweden and that has been the case for more than 100 years. In the 15th century the manors of Great and Little Harrowden were held by Sir William Vaux who was slain at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Great Harrowden Hall was built between 1716 and 1719. The All Saints Church dates back to Norman times and is famous for its medieval Doom (painting.) There is also a brass to William Harrowden from the 16th century located there.

Early History of the Harrah family


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Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Harrah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harrah Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Harrah has been recorded under many different variations, including Harraden, Harradine, Haridine, Harridine, Horoden, Harnden, Herndon and many more.

Early Notables of the Harrah family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Harrah family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Harrah or a variant listed above:

Harrah Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eliza Harrah, aged 56, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Mary Harrah, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Ernest Harrah, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Alice Harrah, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Constanana Harrah, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Harrah (post 1700)


  • Roland Edward Harrah (1973-1995), American film and television child actor, actor, songwriter and musician
  • Dennis Wayne Harrah (b. 1953), American former NFL offensive lineman
  • William Fisk Harrah (1911-1978), American businessman and the founder of Harrah's Hotel and Casinos
  • Colbert Dale "Toby" Harrah (b. 1948), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Glen Harrah, American Democrat politician, Chair of Greenbrier County Democratic Party, 1940-42 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. W. Harrah, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Detroit, Michigan, 1906 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Harrah Judson Reynolds (b. 1835), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 2nd District, 1909 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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