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Harmon is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Herman or Hermannus.  The names are really the same; it was a common practice for scribes to record a given name in the Latin style, where us is the masculine suffix. The personal name meant warrior having derived from the Old French word hermant, or from the Old German words hariman or hereman, all of which meant "warrior."  This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066. However, not all of the family moved to England as Ralph, William, Richard and Hugh Herman were all listed in Normandy in 1180. 
The surname Harmon was first found in Norfolk where Willelmus Harmannus who was listed in 1208 in the St. Benet of Holme (1020-1240) is generally considered to be the first record of the name. Another branch was found in Sussex were William de Hermer was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex in 1207. Simone Haremere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in Sussex in 1296 and later William Harmere was listed in 1428.  Haremere Hall near Etchingham, East Sussex was home to this branch since the 12th century. By the 1600s the hall had fallen from their hands and was held by James Temple, one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I. Today it is now a Grade I listed Jacobean building and is still held in private hands. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Herman and Ricardus Harman as residing there at that time. 
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harmon has undergone many spelling variations, including Harman, Harmon and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmon research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1621, 1646, 1640, 1646, 1440 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Harmon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harmon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Harmon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harmon were among those contributors:
Harmon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Harmon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Harmon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Harmon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Harmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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