Show ContentsHarmsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Harmsen is of very ancient German origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements "heri," meaning "army," and "man," meaning "man."

Early Origins of the Harmsen family

The surname Harmsen was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region.

One of the first records of the family was Hermann (fl. 1070), a hagiographer, probably a native of Lorraine, was the Archdeacon of Herfast, Bishop of Thetford, and helped him in his attempt to assert the jurisdiction of his see over St. Edmund's Abbey. [1]

Hermann (d. 1078), first bishop of Salisbury, a native of Lorraine, was probably one of the clerks of the royal chapel under the Danish dynasty, and held that office when, in 1045, Edward the Confessor appointed him bishop of Ramsbury or Wilton, in succession to Brihtwold. [1]

Early History of the Harmsen family

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Harmsen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Herman, Hermann, Herrman, Herrmann, Hörman, Hörmann, Hierman, Harmen, Harmand, Harman, Armand, Armant, Hermand, Arman, Erman, Ermann, Hearman, Hearmann, Harm, Harmsen, Harmson and many more.

Early Notables of the Harmsen family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Harmsen were Jobst Herman of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1625-1678), Count of Lippe, Sternberg and Schwalenberg; Augustine Herman, First Lord of Bohemia Manor (c.1621-1686), a Bohemian explorer, merchant, and cartographer; Johann Oswald Harms (1643-1708), a German...
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Harmsen Ranking

In Netherlands, the name Harmsen is the 350th most popular surname with an estimated 4,468 people with that name. [2]


United States Harmsen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harmsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaretha Harmsen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [3]
  • Dorothea Harmsen, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [3]
  • Anna Harmsen, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name Harmsen (post 1700) +

  • Bill Harmsen (1912-2002), American creator of the Jolly Rancher candy
  • Chester J. Harmsen, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 95th District, 1968; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1970 [4]
  • Daniëlle Harmsen (b. 1986), professional Dutch tennis player
  • Jessica Harmsen, Australian weeknight presenter for ABC News in Adelaide
  • Harmsen van der Beek (1897-1953), Dutch illustrator and commercial artist


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/netherlands/surnames
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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