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In the 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.

Harpur Early Origins



The surname Harpur was first found in Lennox, Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Harpur Spelling Variations


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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.

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Harpur Early History


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Harpur Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harpur research. Another 395 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1100, 1579, 1639, 1700, 1680, 1741, 1496, 1496, 1574, 1566, 1585, 1638, 1616, 1669, 1645, 1681, 1679, 1741 and are included under the topic Early Harpur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harpur Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harpur Early Notables (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...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harpur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harpur In Ireland


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Harpur In Ireland



Some of the Harpur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harpur Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elijah Harpur arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harpur (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harpur (post 1700)



  • Robert Harpur, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1777-84
  • Charles William Harpur, American politician, Representative from California 33rd District, 2000
  • Robert Harpur (1731-1825), American teacher, politician, pioneer, and landowner
  • Thomas William "Tom" Harpur (1929-2017), Canadian author, broadcaster, columnist and theologian
  • Sir Henry Harpur (1708-1748), 5th Baronet
  • Sir Henry Harpur (1739-1789), 6th Baronet, an English Tory politician
  • Charles Harpur (1813-1868), Australian poet from Windsor, New South Wales
  • Sir Henry Harpur (1763-1819), 7th Baronet who died in a coaching accident when he was thrown from his carriage and landed on his head

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    11. ...

    The Harpur Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harpur Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 January 2017 at 13:35.

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