The many generations and branches of the Harpan family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin,
a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Harpan family
The surname Harpan was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Harpan family
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Harpan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harpan were recorded, including Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Harpan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Harpan family emigrate to North America: Thomas Harpen, who sailed to Maryland in 1661; James Herpin, who went to Alabama in 1858; Jacob Herpin to Illinois in 1860; Henry and Joseph Herpin to Illinois in 1864..