Halpin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Halpin is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who because of his physical characteristics was referred to as Halfpenn. This person had a slim or slight build and was given this surname as a means of identity. The surname may have also local origins, which would explain Halfpenn Field in Cambridgeshire. The residents gave half a penny per acre to repair the Needham Dyke in that county. [1] A bord halfpenny, or brod halfpenny, was a fee paid in markets and fairs by the Saxons to the lord for the privilege of having a bord or bench for the sale of articles.

"Halfpenny is found written Halpeny and Halpeni; and Allpenny and Alpenny are perhaps the same name. " [2]

Early Origins of the Halpin family

The surname Halpin was first found in Worcestershire where Adam Halpeni was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. A few years later, Richard Halfpany was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Halpeni, Oxfordshire; Richard Halpeny, Oxfordshire; and Walter Halpeni, Devon as all holding lands at that time. [3]

In Somerset, Juliana Halpeny and Robert Halpeny, were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward I.) [4]

Early History of the Halpin family

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Halpin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Halpin include Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.

Early Notables of the Halpin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Halfpenny, alias Michael Hoare ( fl. 1752), who styles himself architect and carpenter on the title-page of some of his works, appears to have resided at Richmond, Surrey, and in London during the first half of the eighteenth century. " Batty Langley describes him in his ‘Ancient Masonry’ (1736), p. 147, as ‘Mr. William Halfpeny, alias Hoare, lately of Richmond in Surrey, carpenter,’ and seems...
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Ireland Migration of the Halpin family to Ireland

Some of the Halpin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Halpin migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Halpin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Halpin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Halpin, who arrived in America in 1806 [5]
  • Bernard Halpin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [5]
  • John Halpin, who landed in New York in 1834 [5]
  • Thomas W Halpin, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1854 [5]
  • Jeremiah Halpin, who arrived in Colorado in 1886 [5]

Canada Halpin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Halpin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Halpin, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Halpin, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Halpin, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland

Australia Halpin migration to Australia +

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

Halpin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Halpin, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Halpin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [6]
  • Patrick Halpin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [7]
  • Thomas Halpin, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [8]
  • Connor Halpin, aged 32, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Halpin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Halpin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • L. P. Halpin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Thomas Halpin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Mr. Michael Halpin, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [10]
  • M. A. Halpin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • J. Halpin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
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Contemporary Notables of the name Halpin (post 1700) +

  • James Nathaniel Halpin (1863-1893), English-born, American Major League Baseball shortstop/third baseman
  • Luke Halpin (b. 1947), American actor, best known for his role as Sandy Ricks in the feature films Flipper and Flipper's New Adventure
  • Saul Halpin (b. 1991), English midfield footballer
  • Charles Graham Halpin (1829-1868), Irish writer under the name of Miles O'Reilly, born at Oldcastle, co. Meath, 20 Nov. 1829, son of the Rev. Nicholas John Halpin [11]
  • Nicholas John Halpin (1790-1850), Irish miscellaneous writer, was born 18 Oct. 1790 at Portarlington [11]
  • Ronald Halpin, Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to Hungary
  • Anita E. Halpin (b. 1944), British journalist and political activist
  • George Halpin Sr. (1779-1854), Irish civil engineer and lighthouse builder, responsible for the construction of the Port of Dublin
  • Gary Halpin (b. 1966), former Irish rugby union international player from Dublin
  • Troy Michael Halpin (b. 1973), Australian footballer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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