Harron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Harron was recognized on the island as a name for a person who was long legged or of tall stature. The name Harron is derived from the Old English word heiroun, which meant heron. As in this instance, nickname surnames often described strong traits or features of animals. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans

Early Origins of the Harron family

The surname Harron was first found in Northumberland at Thornton, a township, in the parish of Norham, union of Berwick-upon-Tweed. "This place was the manor and residence of a family named Heron." [1]

"Sir John Hairun entered England with the Conqueror, and was possessed of Ford Castle, and a very good estate. There is a commune in the arrondissement of Rouen called Le Heron, but it does not appear whether this was the cradle of the race." [2]

And in the parish of Ford, Northumberland, another early family record was found. " On the western side of the village is Ford Castle, erected in 1287 by Sir William Heron, and rebuilt by the late Lord Delaval; two towers, the remains of the former castle, are retained in the present structure. The castle was demolished by the Scots in 1385." [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "he old family of Heron in the Stewertry claim descent from the Herons of Chipchase who appear in Northumberland in the eleventh century. " [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Ricardus Herun; Emma Herun; and Agnes Herun. [4]

Important Dates for the Harron family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harron research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1178, 1292, 1321, 1330, 1329, 1526, 1505, 1607, 1680, 1734, 1688, 1795, 1865 and are included under the topic Early Harron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harron Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Herron, Heron and others.

Early Notables of the Harron family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harron family to Ireland

Some of the Harron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harron migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harron or a variant listed above:

Harron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Patricke Harron, who landed in America in 1652 [5]
Harron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Owen Harron, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [5]
  • W. R. Harron, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Rachid Harron, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Harron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Harron, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1905
  • Thomas Fairow Harron, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Eliza Harron, aged 26, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Ellen Harron, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1907
  • Bella Harron, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harron migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harron Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Lucindia Harron, aged 26, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1908
  • Hal Harron, aged 59, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1923
  • Halie Harron, aged 15, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Harron (post 1700)

  • Marion Janet Harron (1903-1972), United States Tax Court judge
  • John Harron (1903-1939), American actor who appeared in 167 films between 1918 and 1940
  • Robert Emmett "Bobby" Harron (1893-1920), American silent film actor who acted in over 200 films, best known for his roles in the films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916)
  • Aloysius J. Harron, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [6]
  • Dawson Gascoigne Harron (1921-1988), English cricketer
  • Donald H. "Don" Harron OC, OOnt (1924-2015), Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author and composer, probably best known for his Charlie Farquharson character
  • Maurice Harron (b. 1946), Northern Irish sculptor


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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