Harberson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harberson family

The surname Harberson 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, where they held a family seat. In the 11th and 12th century, Scotland was composed of several elements, the best known being the ancient Highland Clans which were both Dalriadan and Pictish in origin, possibly Viking. To the south, the lowland clans, and the Border Clans, and other distinguished families were more Norman and northern English. To the west there was a large Irish influence amongst the Gallowegians. This name first emerged in Glasgow and was descended from the Herberts. Archibald Herbertson was a businessman in Glasgow in 1525. [1]

Early History of the Harberson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harberson research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1673, 1672, 1298, 1328, 1400, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Harberson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harberson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Herbertson, Herbison, Harberson, Harbertson, Harbison, Harbinson, Harbeson, Harbisone, Harbinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Harberson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Archibald (died 1298), a 13th century Scottish prelate best known for involvement in a dispute with the Pope; and Archibald the Grim...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harberson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Harberson family to Ireland

Some of the Harberson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Harberson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harberson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Harberson, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harberson (post 1700) +

  • Winifred Harberson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1960 [3]


The Harberson Motto +

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: Deus spes mea
Motto Translation: God is my hope


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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