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Early Origins of the Harlee family
The surname Harlee was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. But we must looks south to Cornwall
to find the earliest notable of the family: Lord Borchard de Herle (1268-1305), medieval diplomat under the King Edward I
. By the time he was 12, his father Lord Borin had died of typhoid fever leaving him to care for his mother and his younger brother. As soon as he turned 18, he abandoned his sick mother and took his father's money and left to go to college at University of Cambridge. His father's legacy of close connections to Edward I
led to his early career. This Cornish branch claims descent from "the house of West Hearle in Northumberland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Harlee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harlee research.Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Harlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harlee Spelling Variations
Although the name, Harlee, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.
Early Notables of the Harlee family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Charles Herle (1598-1659), a prominent English theologian of moderate Presbyterian views, graduated from Exeter
College, Oxford in 1618; Edward Herle (c.
1617-1695), an English... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harlee family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Harlee family name Harlee, or who bore a variation of the surname were Michael Herrel, who was naturalized in Mobile Co. AL in 1868; and John Herle, who was recorded in the census of Ontario in 1871.
Contemporary Notables of the name Harlee (post 1700)
- Herbert Harlee Playford (1831-1883), British rower