The earliest origins of the Harpenney surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Harpenney family
The surname Harpenney 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 Harpenney family
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Harpenney Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Harpenney are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Harpenney include: Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.
Early Notables of the Harpenney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpenney family to Ireland
Some of the Harpenney 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 Harpenney family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Harpenney or a variant listed above: 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..