Harries History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Harries reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the medieval given name Harry.

Early Origins of the Harries family

The surname Harries was first found in Shropshire where the pedigree can be traced back to Cruchton [(Cruckton)] in 1463. [1] It is presumed that the family derived their name from Fitz-Henry who was mentioned in the deeds of that county and were seated at Little Sutton prior to the reign of Edward III. [2]Herbert Herries, 1st Lord Herries of Terregles (died c. 1505), was a Scottish peer, the first of the Lords of Herries of Terregles, a hereditary title that still continues today.

Early History of the Harries family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harries research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1505, 1612, 1662 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Harries History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harries Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Harries has been recorded under many different variations, including Harries, Harryes and others.

Early Notables of the Harries family (pre 1700)

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United States Harries migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Harriess were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Harries Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Harries, who arrived in America in 1782 [3]
Harries Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Harries, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • William Harries, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [3]
  • John Harries, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1871 [3]

Australia Harries migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harries Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Harries, Welsh convict who was convicted in Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Wales for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Mrs. Lavinia Harries, (b. 1832), aged 25, Cornish general servant departing from Liverpool on 22nd August 1857 aboard the ship "Ebba Brahe" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 8th December 1857 [5]

New Zealand Harries migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harries Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James E. Harries, aged 31, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874 [6]
  • Anna Harries, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874 [6]
  • Edmond William Harries, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874 [6]
  • Louisa J. Harries, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874 [6]
  • John D. Harries, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Harries migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Harries Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mary Harries who settled in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1634
  • Mary Harries, aged 23, who arrived in St Christopher in 1634 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harries (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Harries (1843-1921), American politician, Representative from Minnesota
  • Andy Harries, American television producer
  • William Henry Harries (1843-1921), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1st District, 1891-93 [8]
  • Merle Harries, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1940, 1944 [8]
  • Richard Douglas Harries (b. 1936), Baron Harries of Pentregarth, English retired bishop of the Church of England, the 41st Bishop of Oxford (1987-2006)
  • Squadron Leader Raymond Raymond Hiley Harries DSO & Bar DFC & Bar (1916-1950), Welsh flying ace of the Second World War credited with 15 aerial victories and with the destruction of a V-1 flying bomb
  • Heinrich Harries (1762-1802), German theologian, great-grandson was the German chemist Carl Harries
  • Paul Harries (b. 1977), Australian footballer
  • Will Harries (b. 1987), Wales international rugby union player
  • Gwennan Mary Harries (b. 1988), Welsh female football striker
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Leslie Thomas John Harries (d. 1945), British Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 5th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

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