Harrod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harrod family

The surname Harrod was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute.

The name in Anglo Saxon, signifies "The love of the army," From Har, an army, and hold, love. [1] Hence the name is often referred to as "powerful warrior." [2]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Agnes Harald, Oxfordshire; John Harald, Wiltshire; Reginald Haralt, Oxfordshire; and

Roger Harold, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robertus Harald; and Stephen Harald as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Harrod family

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Harrod Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harold, Harald, Harrell, Hirrell, Hurrell and others.

Early Notables of the Harrod family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Harold, O.F.M. (died 1685), an Irish Franciscan and historical writer. He was a native of Limerick, and member of the Franciscan order, to which his uncle, Luke Wadding, was the historiographer. Harold...
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Ireland Migration of the Harrod family to Ireland

Some of the Harrod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Harrod migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrod Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Harrod, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1680 [4]
Harrod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Harrod, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [4]

Australia Harrod migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harrod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Anne Harrod, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harrod (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Morgan Harrod (1837-1912), American civil engineer who directed the construction of the water and sewerage systems in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tim Harrod (b. 1968), American Primetime Emmy Award winning comedy writer
  • James Harrod (1746-1792), American pioneer, soldier, and hunter who built the first permanent settlement in Kentucky
  • M. Merle Harrod, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1956 (alternate), 1960 (alternate), 1964 (alternate), 1972 [6]
  • Leslie L. Harrod, American politician, Mayor of Wood River, Illinois, 1938 [6]
  • J. H. Harrod, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1908 [6]
  • C. C. Harrod, American politician, Mayor of Littleton, Colorado, 1932-34 [6]
  • Sir Henry Roy Forbes Harrod (1900-1978), English economist, best known for writing The Life of John Maynard Keynes (1951) and co-developing the Harrod-Domar model
  • Charles Digby Harrod (1841-1905), English businessman and owner of Harrods in London, son of Charles Henry Harrod
  • Charles Henry Harrod (1799-1885), English retail businessman who founded the Harrods store in London
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Alfred Harrod, English Junior Assistant Purser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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