The Harpster surname is derived from the German word "Herbst," meaning autumn. It has been suggested that the surname may have originally been used by people whose main work occurred during the fall harvest. For example, Herbster, most likely meant "grape harvester."
Early Origins of the Harpster family
The surname Harpster was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Early records include a Marquart Herbst, in Würzburg in 1220 and a Nitsche Herbist, on record in Liegnitz in 1372. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
Early History of the Harpster family
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Harpster Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Herbst, Herbest, Herbster, Harpster, Herbstheiner, Herbestheim, Herbstman, Erbst, Erbest, Herbestman, Herbestmann, Erbestmann, Herbstmann, Herbsteiner and many more.
Early Notables of the Harpster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harpster family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harpster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Harpster, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
Harpster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Harpster, who landed in Maryland in 1806 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Harpster (post 1700)
- Howard Harpster (1907-1980), American college football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956