The name Harringhan 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 Harringhan 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
these words all mean herring. Occupational
names such as Harringhan 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 Harringhan family
The surname Harringhan 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.
Early History of the Harringhan family
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Harringhan 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 Harringhan 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 Harringhan include: Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.
Early Notables of the Harringhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harringhan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Harringhan or a variant listed above: Christopher Hering arrived in Philadelphia in 1783 along with George and Jacob; Joseph Herring settled in Barbados in 1635; Simon Herring settled in Virginia in 1663.