Harpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the name Harpe reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as 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 Harpe family

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

Important Dates for the Harpe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harpe research. Another 197 words (14 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 Harpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harpe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Harpe have been recorded over the years, including Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.

Early Notables of the Harpe 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...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Harpe family to Ireland

Some of the Harpe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harpe migration to the United States

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harpes to arrive in North America:

Harpe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Harpe, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Harpe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Harpe, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]

Harpe migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harpe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Harpe U.E., "Harper, Harpel" who settled in Canada c. 1786 [2]

Harpe migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harpe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Harpe, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839

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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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