Show ContentsHarriott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harriott family

The surname Harriott was first found in Midlothian where they held a family seat from early times and held the lands of Heriot, and were found there as early as c. 1164, when Henry of Heriot witnessed confirmation of the church of Karnewid (Carnwath) to Joceline, bishop of Glasgow.

"Laurence de Herryhot witnessed a grant of the lands of Swaynystoun to the Hospital of Soltre c. 1221-1238. The lands of Trabroun in the sheriffdom of Berwick were confirmed to John de Heriot de Trabroun, son and heir of James de Heriot de Nudre Marschele in 1424." [1]

Further to the south in England, Richard de Heriett, de Herierd was found in Berkshire and Bedfordshire according to the Feet of Fines of 1197-1198. [2]

In Somerset, Walter Henriot was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [3] and in Norfolk Heriot Heringflet (no date). [4]

Early History of the Harriott family

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Harriott Spelling Variations

Although the name, Harriott, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Herriot, Heriot, Harriet, Hariet, Herriott, Harriott and many more.

Early Notables of the Harriott family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John of Heriot of Trabrown, Chief of the Clan in 1424. George Heriot (1563-1624), was a Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist. He was "founder of Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh, was born in that city 15 June 1563. His father, George Heriot, who belonged to the old Haddingtonshire family, the Heriots of Trabourn, settled early as a goldsmith in Edinburgh, which he represented repeatedly in the Scotch parliament. The younger Heriot was brought up in the business of his father, who, on his marriage in 1586 to the daughter of a respectable Edinburgh tradesman, gave...
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United States Harriott migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Harriott family name Harriott, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Harriott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ambrose Harriott, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [5]
Harriott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Harriott, who landed in Maryland in 1743 [5]
Harriott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N S Harriott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • E. C. Harriott, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • A.W. Harriott, aged 54, who immigrated to America, in 1894
  • Elizabeth Harriott, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1896
Harriott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Daniel F. Harriott, aged 41, who settled in America from Turks Island, in 1908
  • Florentius Harriott, aged 64, who immigrated to the United States from Paget, Bermuda, in 1909
  • Daniel F. Harriott, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Alice C. Harriott, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Alice M. Harriott, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Harriott (post 1700) +

  • James Harriott, American politician, Mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 1844 [6]
  • Alexis Wynns Harriott (b. 1835), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Salt Cay, 1863-88, 1911 [6]
  • Claude Harriott (b. 1981), Jamaican-born, American football defensive end in the UFL
  • Ainsley Harriott (b. 1957), English celebrity chef and television presenter [7]
  • John Edward Harriott (1797-1866), English-born, Canadian fur trader, Chief Factor for the Hudson's Bay Company, Saskatchewan District
  • Derrick Clinton Harriott (b. 1939), Jamaican reggae musician and record producer
  • Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott (1928-1973), Jamaican jazz musician

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. 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)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  7. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook