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Harp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Harp was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a person who occupies the role of "harper". In ancient times the harper was considered an important figurehead whereby Brehon laws stated that the elegance and music of the harp "deserved" a noble status.

Early Origins of the Harp family


The surname Harp was first found in Lennox, Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Harp family


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Another 395 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1100, 1579, 1639, 1700, 1680, 1741, 1496, 1496, 1574, 1566, 1585, 1638, 1616, 1669, 1645, 1681, 1679, 1741 and are included under the topic Early Harp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harp Spelling Variations


Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Harp has been spelled Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.

Early Notables of the Harp family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Henry Harper, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1496; Sir William Harpur (c.1496-1574), English merchant from Bedford who moved to London, became Lord Mayor of London and in 1566 he and his wife Dame Alice created...
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Migration of the Harp family to Ireland


Some of the Harp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harp family to the New World and Oceana


These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Harp were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Harp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Harp, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Richard Harp, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Harp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Harp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Harp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Harp, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Isac Harp, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Archibald Harp, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1895

Harp Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A.F. Harp, aged 2, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Fred John Harp, aged 22, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Viola Harp, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Joseph Henry Harp, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Longton, England, in 1913
  • Nellie Harp, aged 23, who landed in America from Durries, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harp Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Fred Harp, aged 49, who settled in Brantford, Canada, in 1922
  • Rosemary Harp, aged 45, who emigrated to Brantford, Canada, in 1922

Harp Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Harp, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Harp (post 1700)


  • Thomas Harp (b. 1927), former American football player and coach
  • Toni Nathaniel Harp, American politician
  • Everette Harp (b. 1961), American blues, jazz and gospel saxophonist
  • Clarine Harp (b. 1978), American voice actress, Blu-ray and DVD Producer, and production assistant
  • Jessica Leigh Harp (b. 1982), American songwriter and former country artist
  • Toni Nathaniel Harp, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 10th District, 1993-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1996, 2000, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Paul Harp, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1948 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Isaac Harp, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Donna Ruth Harp (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. C. Harp, American politician, Mayor of Newton, Iowa, 1952-54, 1960 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Harp 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: Et suavis et fortis
Motto Translation: Pleasant and brave.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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