Show ContentsHaring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Haring. It was a name given to someone who was a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Haring come from the Old French word hareng, while later examples come from the Old English word hering, which was originally derived from the Old English words hæring and hering; these words all mean herring.

However, one very reputable source claims origin of the name disagrees. "There can be no doubt about the parentage of our Herrings. It will be observed that the prefix 'le' is never found in these early records, suggesting that the surname is not (at least in the majority of cases) a nickname taken from the fish. They are generally found inland also." [1]

And another reputable source agrees. "This name may be the same as Hering, from some locality compounded of ing, a meadow. Hornsey, Middlesex, from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century was called in public records Haringee, Haringhee, or Haringay, signifying the meadow of hares." [2]

Early Origins of the Haring family

The surname Haring was first found in many counties throughout ancient Britain. By example, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Hareng, Bedfordshire; Alan Haring, Cambridgeshire; Nigel Haring, Canterbury; Robert Henn, Cambridgeshire; and Roger Hering, Oxfordshire and all holding lands at that time. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Adam Hereng' witnessed a charter by William the Lion to the Priory of Coldingham. Petronilla, daughter of Adam Harang of Meinichoch (Minnigaff), granted to the church of Melrose part of the lands of Bortwic in the parish of Roberton in the reign of Alexander II. An account of the domestic tragedy which nearly brought the family of Herring to ruin in 1371 is described in the Memorie of the Somervills, I, p. 118-121. The tragedy occurred at Gilmerton Grange near Edinbergh. Gilbert Heryng witnessed a charter of the Haigh of Scuny in Fife, 1395, and John Hering, dominus de Glasclune, was present at perambulation of the marches of Kirknes and Louchor in the same year. " [3]

Early History of the Haring family

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Haring Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Haring have been found, including Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.

Early Notables of the Haring family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Herringman (1628-1704), a prominent London bookseller and publisher; he was the first publisher of the works of John Dryden; and Thomas Herring (1693-1757), Archbishop of Canterbury from 1747 to 1757.Francis Herring (d. 1628), was an English physician, a native of Nottinghamshire who was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1585, M.A. 1589). On 3 July 1599, being then a doctor of medicine of Cambridge of two...
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Haring Ranking

In the United States, the name Haring is the 13,272nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Haring migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Haring, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Haring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pieter Haring, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [5]
Haring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Godvryd Haring, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Anna Haring who arrived in Carolina in 1749
  • Barbara Weber Haring who settled in Pennsylvania in 1794
Haring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jordan Haring, who landed in America in 1831 [5]
  • Robert Haring, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [5]
  • Theresa Haring, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [5]
  • Ebeth Haring, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [5]
  • Christiane Sophie Haring who settled in California in 1850
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Contemporary Notables of the name Haring (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Inez Haring (1955-2018), American chess player and Woman International Master
  • Bob Haring (b. 1896), American popular music bandleader of the 1920s and early 1930s
  • Clarence Henry Haring (1885-1960), American historian of Latin America and Rhodes Scholar
  • Keith Haring (1958-1990), American artist and social activist
  • Douglas Gilbert Haring, American anthropologist
  • José Haring (1940-2023), born Josef Haring, a German Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Limoeiro do Norte from 2000 to 2017
  • Florence Haring (b. 1985), French professional tennis player

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. 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)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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) on Facebook