Scotland of ancient times, Harpur was a name for a person who occupies the role of "harper". In ancient times the harper was considered an important figurehead whereby Brehon laws stated that the elegance and music of the harp "deserved" a noble status.
Early Origins of the Harpur family
Lennox, Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Harpur family
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Harpur Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Harpur has been spelled Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.
Early Notables of the Harpur family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Henry Harper, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1496; Sir William Harpur (c.1496-1574), English merchant from Bedford who moved to London, became Lord Mayor of London and in 1566 he and his wife Dame Alice created...
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Migration of the Harpur family to Ireland
Some of the Harpur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harpur family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harpur Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Harpur (post 1700)
The Harpur Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Et suavis et fortis
Motto Translation: Pleasant and brave.
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