Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Harpend family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Harpend family
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Harpend Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harpend family name include Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Harpend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpend family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Harpend surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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..
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