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The name Herrick originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik and the Old Norse name Eiríkr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.


The surname Herrick was first found in Leicestershire. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric and Erish in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire in 1211. [2] "There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since." [3]

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Herrick has appeared include Herrick, Herricke and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herrick research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1557, 1753, 1658, 1695, 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Herrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Herrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Herrick arrived in North America very early:

Herrick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Herrick, who landed in Massachusetts in 1629
  • Henry Herrick settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Herrick settled in Virginia in 1636
  • William Herrick, who landed in Long Island in 1640
  • John Herrick, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Herrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catharine Herrick, aged 50, who landed in America from Co. Kerry, in 1893
  • Alice Herrick, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Herrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D. Herrick, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Charles R. Herrick, aged 34, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Anna Herrick, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Bessie Herrick, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Caroline Herrick, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909

Herrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Wm J Herrick landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire


  • Joshua Herrick (1793-1874), American politician, Member of U.S. House of Representatives from Maine (1843-1845)
  • Myron Timothy Herrick (1854-1929), American politician and diplomat, 42nd Governor of Ohio (1904-1906), U. S. Ambassador to France (1912-1914)
  • Ebenezer Herrick (1785-1839), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine (1825-1827), father of Anson Herrick
  • Anson Herrick (1812-1868), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York during the American Civil War
  • Robert Welch Herrick (1868-1938), American novelist and politician, acting-Governor of the United States Virgin Islands in 1935
  • Brigadier-General Hugh Nathan Herrick (1892-1983), American Commandant Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center at Camp Wallace (1943-1944)
  • Margaret Herrick (1902-1976), American Executive Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 27 years, generally credited with naming the Academy Award an "Oscar"
  • Ann Herrick, American award-winning author
  • Christopher Herrick (b. 1942), English concert organist
  • Lynn Herrick, English photographer



  • The Herrick Family in England and America by Edith Herrick Milhorat.
  • Herrick: A Genealogical Register of the Name and Family of Herrick From the Settlement of Henrie in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629 to 1846, With a Concise Notice of Their English Ancesry by Jedediah Herrick.

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: Virtus omnia nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue ennobles all things.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Herrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herrick 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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