Harrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Harrell family

The surname Harrell was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. But we must looks south to Cornwall to find the earliest notable of the family: Lord Borchard de Herle (1268-1305), medieval diplomat under the King Edward I. By the time he was 12, his father Lord Borin had died of typhoid fever leaving him to care for his mother and his younger brother. As soon as he turned 18, he abandoned his sick mother and took his father's money and left to go to college at University of Cambridge. His father's legacy of close connections to Edward I led to his early career. This Cornish branch claims descent from "the house of West Hearle in Northumberland." [1]

Important Dates for the Harrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrell research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Harrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harrell Spelling Variations

The name Harrell, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.

Early Notables of the Harrell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Charles Herle (1598-1659), a prominent English theologian of moderate Presbyterian views, graduated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1618; Edward Herle (c. 1617-1695), an English...
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Harrell migration to the United States

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Harrell family, or who bore a variation of the surname Harrell were

Harrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Harrell, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [2]
Harrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joane Harrell, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [2]
Harrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Harrell, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 [2]
  • Jasper Harrell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Cassie Harrell, aged 23, who settled in America from Ballygawley, in 1897
Harrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Harrell, aged 24, who settled in America from Oldcastle, in 1901
  • John C Harrell, aged 41, who immigrated to America from London, in 1904
  • Charles Lydon Harrell, aged 21, who landed in America from Stanford Hill, in 1904
  • Bryant Eugene Harrell, aged 23, who landed in America from Stanford Hill, in 1904
  • David Harrell, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harrell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Harrell, aged 40 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [3]

Harrell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Harrell, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Harrell (post 1700)

  • Tom Harrell (b. 1946), American post-bop jazz trumpeter and arranger
  • Lynn Harrell (b. 1944), American classical cellist
  • Costen Jordan Harrell (1885-1971), American bishop of The Methodist Church in the United States (1944)
  • Christopher Mychal Harrell (b. 1983), American professional NFL football player
  • Sergeant William George Harrell (1922-1964), American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • James Nelson Harrell (1918-2000), American actor
  • Robert Todd Harrell (b. 1972), American musician
  • Catherine F. Harrell, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 1st District, 2002 [4]
  • Barbara Harrell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008 [4]
  • Bailey S. Harrell, American politician, Postmaster at Cairo, Illinois, 1850-52 [4]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Harrell family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Allen B. Harrell, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [5]

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 79)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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