Haralson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Haralson family

The surname Haralson was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute.

The name in Anglo Saxon, signifies "The love of the army," From Har, an army, and hold, love. [1] Hence the name is often referred to as "powerful warrior." [2]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Agnes Harald, Oxfordshire; John Harald, Wiltshire; Reginald Haralt, Oxfordshire; and

Roger Harold, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robertus Harald; and Stephen Harald as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Haralson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haralson research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1566, 1626 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Haralson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haralson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harold, Harald, Harrell, Hirrell, Hurrell and others.

Early Notables of the Haralson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Harold, O.F.M. (died 1685), an Irish Franciscan and historical writer. He was a native of Limerick, and member of the Franciscan order, to which his uncle, Luke Wadding, was the historiographer. Harold...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haralson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Haralson family to Ireland

Some of the Haralson 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Haralson family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick, Paul, and William Harold who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1860.


Contemporary Notables of the name Haralson (post 1700) +

  • William J. Haralson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1868 [4]
  • W. W. Haralson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936 [4]
  • W. W. Haralson, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Pike County, 1933 [4]
  • W. H. Haralson, American politician, Mayor of Fort Payne, Alabama, 1953-59 [4]
  • T. R. Haralson, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956 [4]
  • Jeremiah Haralson (1846-1916), American Republican politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1870; Member of Alabama State Senate, 1872 [4]
  • J. B. Haralson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912 [4]
  • Hugh Anderson Haralson (1805-1854), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1831; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1837; U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1843-51 [4]
  • Herndon Haralson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas at-large, 1846 [4]
  • Harold Haralson, American Republican politician, Chair of Cleveland County Republican Party, 2014 [4]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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