Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Harpen family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Harpen family
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Harpen Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Harpen has appeared include Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Harpen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpen family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Harpen arrived in North America very early:
Harpen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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