Harpanehan is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Harpanehan family lived in Norfolk
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Herpingham,
Early Origins of the Harpanehan family
The surname Harpanehan was first found in Norfolk
where they were conjecturally descended from Roger Bigod, one of the most distinguished of all Norman nobles, who was granted the lands by King William, Duke of Normandy
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D, and was a junior branch of the Bigots. The village of Erpingham or anciently Herpincham consisted largely of a church and cottages, and was recorded in the Domesday Book
in 1086. "The church, which is in the decorated and later English styles, with a lofty embattled tower, was repaired in 1841; in the south aisle is a brass effigy of a knight in armour, to the memory of Sir John de Erpingham, a great contributor towards the erection of the church." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Harpanehan family
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Harpanehan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harpanehan were recorded, including Erpingham, Erpincham, Herpingham, Herpincham, Empringham and many more.
Early Notables of the Harpanehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpanehan family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Harpanehan arrived in North America very early: Thomas Erpingham settled in Barbados in 1685.