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Harpen is an 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.

Harpen Early Origins



The surname Harpen was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Harpen Spelling Variations


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Harpen Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Harpen has appeared include Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.

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Harpen Early History


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Harpen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harpen research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1289 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Harpen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harpen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harpen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harpen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • Thomas Harpen, who sailed to Maryland in 1661
  • Thomas Harpen, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Harpen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harpen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 March 2014 at 14:54.

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