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The name Harmsworth was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Harmsworth family lived in the town of Hemsworth in Yorkshire. The place-name was recorded in the Domesday Book as Hilmeuurod and Hamelsuurde. It was originally derived from the Old English personal name Hymel and the Old English word word, which means enclosure. The personal name Hymel is a short form of names such as Hunbeald, which means bear-cub bold, and Hunbeorht, which means bear-cub bright. Thus, the name Harmsworth changed dramatically over time. Surnames rarely appeared in their modern form in ancient chronicles. In the 11th and 12th centuries, it was common practice to Latinize names in official records. The modern spelling of a surname is usually related to the phonetic spelling of that name that was developed during the 17th or 18th century.

Harmsworth Early Origins



The surname Harmsworth was first found in Yorkshire at Hemsworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. At the taking of the Domesday Book survey, initiated by Duke William in the year 1086 after his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066, Hemsworth was held by Gamel, a Norman noble, who held it from the tenant-in-chief Ilbert de Lacy. Conjecturally, the Hemsworth line is descended from this source. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Harmondsworth, a parish in Middlesex. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Harmsworth Spelling Variations


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Harmsworth Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hamsworth, Harmsworth, Hemsworth and others.

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Harmsworth Early History


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Harmsworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harmsworth research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harmsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harmsworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harmsworth Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Harmsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harmsworth In Ireland


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Harmsworth In Ireland



Some of the Harmsworth 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harmsworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gray Harmsworth, aged 25, a plumber, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harmsworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harmsworth (post 1700)



  • Patricia Evelyn Beverley Matthews Harmsworth (1933-1992), Viscountess Rothermere, born Patricia Evelyn Beverley Matthews, an English socialite and actress
  • Paul Harmsworth (b. 1963), English sprinter at the 1988 Olympic Games
  • Harold Jonathan Esmond Vere Harmsworth (b. 1967), 4th Viscount Rothermere, British viscount and newspaper magnate
  • Esmond Cecil Harmsworth (1898-1978), 2nd Viscount Rothermere, a British Conservative politician
  • Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth (1870-1937), 1st Baronet, British businessman and Liberal politician
  • Harold Sidney Harmsworth Bt. (1868-1940), 1st Viscount Rothermere, British newspaper proprietor, owner of Associated Newspapers Ltd
  • Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth (1869-1948), 1st Baron Harmsworth, British businessman and Liberal politician, Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1915, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1919 and 1922
  • Alfred Charles William Harmsworth (1865-1922), 1st Viscount Northcliffe, Irish-born, British newspaper and publishing magnate, founder of the Amalgamated Press was a newspaper and magazine publishing company in 1901
  • Hon. Vere Harold Esmond Harmsworth, Chairman, Associated Newspapers Group Ltd

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Motto


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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: Manus haec inimica tyrannis
Motto Translation: This hand is hostile to tyrants.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Harmsworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harmsworth 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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