The name Harpennay is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who because of his physical characteristics was referred to as Halfpenn.
This person had a slim or slight build and was given this surname as a means of identity. The surname may have also local
origins, which would explain Halfpenn Field in Cambridgeshire
. The residents gave half a penny per acre to repair the Needham Dyke in that county.
Early Origins of the Harpennay family
The surname Harpennay was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Harpennay family
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Harpennay Spelling Variations
Harpennay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Harpennay have been found, including Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.
Early Notables of the Harpennay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpennay family to Ireland
Some of the Harpennay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harpennay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Harpennays to arrive on North American shores: Robert Halfpenny arrived in Annapolis Maryland in 1725; Michael Halfpenny settled in New England
in 1753; along with Peter; Thomas Halfpenny settled in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1823..