The Harringman name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Harringman 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 Harringman 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 Harringman family
The surname Harringman 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 Harringman family
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Harringman Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harringman has undergone many spelling variations
, including Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.
Early Notables of the Harringman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harringman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harringman were among those contributors: 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.