Harcus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harcus family

The surname Harcus was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat in the lands of Hardcarse in the parish of Fogo in that shire. The first on record was Adam Harcarse who was Abbott of Newbattle Abbey, and later in 1219 became Abbott of Melrose Abbey.

Early History of the Harcus family

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Harcus Spelling Variations

The name Harcus, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Harecars, Harecarse, Harcars, Harcarse, Harkess, Harcors, Harcorse, Harcourse, Harkars, Harcus, Harkass, Harcas, Harkes, Harks, Harcase, Arcas, Arcus and many more.

Early Notables of the Harcus family (pre 1700)

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Canada Harcus migration to Canada +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Harcus family, or who bore a variation of the surname Harcus were

Harcus Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • James Harcus, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

New Zealand Harcus 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:

Harcus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Harcus, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Harcus, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Ann Harcus, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Jane Harcus, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Mr. Robert Harcus, (b. 1840), aged 34, Scottish farm labourer, from Orkney travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Harcus (post 1700) +

  • Eliza Oliver Harcus (1851-1926), English-born, Australian author and poet, oldest daughter of William Harcus
  • William Harcus (1823-1876), English Congregationalist minister who emigrated in 1860 with his wife and children to South Australia, where he later turned journalist and editor of the Handbook of South Australia and South Australia, its History, Resources and Productions
  • Susan "Sue" Harcus (b. 1954), former Australian women's basketball player and coach who played for the Australia women's national basketball team during the 1970s and competed for Australia at the 1975 World Championship
  • Graham Harcus, appointed by the Queen to the position of Lay Inspector of Constabulary in 1998
  • Rear Admiral Ronald Albert Harcus, Assistant Chief of Fleet Support, Ministry of Defence (Navy)


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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