The name Harpant comes from one of the family having 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 Harpant family
The surname Harpant was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Harpant family
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Harpant Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Harpant have been found, including: Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Harpant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpant family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Harpant, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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..