Harriman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Harriman came from Herman or Hermannus.  The names are really the same; it was a common practice for scribes to record a given name in the Latin style, where us is the masculine suffix. The personal name meant warrior having derived from the Old French word hermant, or from the Old German words hariman or hereman, all of which meant "warrior."  This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066. However, not all of the family moved to England as Ralph, William, Richard and Hugh Herman were all listed in Normandy in 1180. 
Early Origins of the Harriman family
The surname Harriman was first found in Norfolk where Willelmus Harmannus who was listed in 1208 in the St. Benet of Holme (1020-1240) is generally considered to be the first record of the name. Another branch was found in Sussex were William de Hermer was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex in 1207. Simone Haremere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in Sussex in 1296 and later William Harmere was listed in 1428. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings using older spellings: Nicholas Herman in Suffolk; and Cecilia Hereman in Huntingdonshire.
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Herman and Ricardus Harman as residing there at that time. 
Haremere Hall near Etchingham, East Sussex was home to this branch since the 12th century. By the 1600s the hall had fallen from their hands and was held by James Temple, one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I. Today it is now a Grade I listed Jacobean building and is still held in private hands.
Important Dates for the Harriman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harriman research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1549, 1535, 1621, 1646, 1640, 1646, 1440 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Harriman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harriman Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Harriman has been recorded under many different variations, including Harman, Harmon and others.
Early Notables of the Harriman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harriman family to Ireland
Some of the Harriman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harriman migration to the United States
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Harriman or a variant listed above:
Harriman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Leonard Harriman, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1647 
- John Harriman, who landed in New England in 1667 
Harriman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Harriman, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1812 
Harriman migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Harriman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Harriman, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Harriman (post 1700)
- Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman (1870-1967), American socialite, suffragist, social reformer, organizer, and diplomat
- Edward Henry "Ned" Harriman (1848-1909), American railroad executive
- Brigadier-General Joseph Eugene Harriman (1900-1963), American Military Attaché to Turkey (1945-1946) 
- William Averell Harriman (1891-1986), American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Pamela Beryl Harriman (1920-1997), née Digby, English-born socialite
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- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Joseph Harriman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harriman/Joseph_Eugene/USA.html