Harbison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harbison family

The surname Harbison 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 Harbison family

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

Harbison 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 Harbison 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Harbison family to Ireland

Some of the Harbison 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 Harbison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harbison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Harbison, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Adam, Patrick, and Mary Harbison, who all, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
Harbison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Harbison, aged 29, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [2]
  • Samuel Harbison, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • Henry and Samuel Harbison, who both settled in New York from Ireland in 1816
  • Henry Harbison, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • Andrew Harbison, aged 13, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Harbison migration to Australia +

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

Harbison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Harbison, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [3]
  • William Harbison, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harbison (post 1700) +

  • Willis T. Harbison, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Clinton County, 1945-48; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 [4]
  • Richard C. Harbison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928, 1932 (alternate), 1936 (alternate) [4]
  • William Albert Harbison (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [4]
  • J. L. Harbison, American politician, Member of Texas State Senate 4th District, 1903-06 [4]
  • Francis Harbison, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [4]
  • Frances Harbison, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1992 [4]
  • Anne Harbison, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972 [4]
  • Alexander Harbison, American Republican politician, Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, 1900-02; Defeated, 1876, 1896 [4]
  • Elmore Harris Harbison (1907-1964), American historian and scholar on the topic of Christianity and history, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University
  • Charlie Harbison (b. 1959), American college football assistant coach at Auburn University
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Harbison 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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