Harring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Harring is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Harring come from the Old French word hareng, while later examples come from the Old English word hering, which was originally derived from the Old English words hæring and hering; these words all mean herring. Occupational names such as Harring frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Harring family
The surname Harring was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Harring family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harring research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1190, 1450, 1750, 1628, 1704, 1693, 1757, 1747 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Harring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harring Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Harring are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Harring include: Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.
Early Notables of the Harring family (pre 1700)
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Harring migration to Canada
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Harring or a variant listed above:
Harring Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- David Harring, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
Contemporary Notables of the name Harring (post 1700)
- Walter I. Harring, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1938 
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