Arpin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Arpin is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been a patronymic name as in 'the son of Harpin,' probably from Harfinn. [2]

Early Origins of the Arpin family

The surname Arpin was first found in Norfolk, where Thomas Harpyn was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

William Harepin was a Knights Templar in 1185 and Harpin (with no forename) was listed in Yorkshire in 1231. [1]

Adam Harpin was faulconer to Bishop Swinfield in 1289-90 and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Henricus Harpyn; Magota Harpyn; and Johanna Harpyn. [2]

Early History of the Arpin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arpin research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1289, 1379, 1713 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Arpin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arpin Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Arpin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Arpin include: Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.

Early Notables of the Arpin family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arpin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arpin migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Arpin or a variant listed above:

Arpin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Arpin, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arpin (post 1700) +

  • Jacques Arpin, French factory owner and legislator
  • John Arpin (1936-2007), Canadian pianist who is regarded as one of the world's finest "Classical Ragtime" musicians
  • Paul Arpin, French Olympic long-distance runner
  • Marie Luc Arpin, Canadian Olympic water polo player


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)


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