Harbeston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harbeston family

The surname Harbeston 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 Harbeston family

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

Harbeston 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 Harbeston 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 Harbeston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Harbeston family to Ireland

Some of the Harbeston 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.

Migration of the Harbeston family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Harbison, Patrick Harbison and Mary Harbison, who all came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; John Herbertson, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768.

Contemporary Notables of the name Harbeston (post 1700) +

  • E. Harbeston, American thoroughbred race horse co-owner of Slew of Damascus, winner of the 1993 Wickerr Stakes in Del Mar, California and the 1994 Hollywood Gold Cup

The Harbeston 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)

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