Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal System. The surname Haritedge is derived from the Old English word heritage, which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage and heritage. These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium, which comes from the word heres, which means heir.
Early Origins of the Haritedge family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Haritedge family
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Haritedge Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Haritedge were recorded, including Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Haritedge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haritedge family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Haritedge family emigrate to North America: Roger Eritage, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; Richard Heritage to New Jersey in 1664; W. Heritage to San Francisco, Cal. in 1850 and Mary Houlihan Heritage to Nova Scotia in 1838..
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