Harlem is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Horlands, that can be traced to numerous places round England
, including Harland Edge in Derbyshire
and Harland Wood in Sussex
. This surname was originally derived from the Old English words har
which means that the original bearers of the surname lived in the land that was infested with hares.
Early Origins of the Harlem family
The surname Harlem was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Harlem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harlem research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1208, 1235, 1330, 1411, 1384, 1425, 1500 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Harlem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harlem Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harlem family name include Harland, Hoarland, Hoareland, Hoorland, Hooreland, Horland, Horlands, Harlin, Harlind and many more.
Early Notables of the Harlem family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Hugh Herland (1330-1411), a 14th-century medieval English carpenter, the chief carpenter to King Richard II, best known pieces is the hammer-beam roof at Westminster Hall, regarded as one of the greatest carpentry achievements of the time, worked for William of Wykeham at New... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harlem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harlem family to Ireland
Some of the Harlem family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harlem family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Harlem surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Harland who settled in Virginia in 1642; William Harland arrived in Fort Cumberland
Nova Scotia in 1774; John, Patrick, Jacob Hoar arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Harlem (post 1700)
- Max Harlem, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 41st District, 1966; Candidate for New York State Senate 19th District, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Harlem 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: Per juga per fluvius
Motto Translation: Through precipices and torrents.