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.
Alternatively, the name originated in Heron, near Rouen in Normandy and some of the family arrived with William the Conqueror. "Tihel de Herioun was of Essex, 1086.  Odenel Heron, temp. William Rufus (third son of William the Conqueror), witnessed a charter in Durham. " 
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." 
"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." 
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." 
Further to the north in Scotland, "the old family of Heron in the Stewertry claim descent from the Herons of Chipchase who appear in Northumberland in the eleventh century. " 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Ricardus Herun; Emma Herun; and Agnes Herun. 
We did find this interesting anecdote: "Sir William Heron, Sheriff of Northumberland 17 Hen. VIII., was the father of the beautiful Elizabeth, who detained James IV. at Ford, so as to give the Earl of Surrey time and opportunity for advancing towards the Borders with a large army: From its strong position, commanding the bridge over the river Till, the castle had been a constant bone of contention between the English and Scots; and was entirely demolished by the latter in 1385 : but its most memorable capture was by King James in 1513, for it thus became for ever associated with 'the tale of Flodden, that is written in blood on every Scottish heart.'" 
Early History of 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, 1565, 1585, 1565, 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 
Harron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Owen Harron, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
- 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
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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 
- 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
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The Harron Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.
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