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The founding heritage of the Harrower family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Harrower comes from when one of the family worked as a harrower, a person who worked in the fields and was originally derived from the Old English harwen, which meant "to harrow." Harrowing a field is the process of breaking up the earth after plowing so that seeding may take place. In the Middle Ages, this was done with a wooden frame studded with spikes and disks dragged over the field by a team of oxen.

Harrower Early Origins



The surname Harrower was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Harrower Spelling Variations


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Harrower Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Harrower has been spelled many different ways, including Harrower, Harower, Harewere and others.

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Harrower Early History


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Harrower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrower research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Harrower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harrower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harrower Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Harrower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harrowers to arrive in North America:

Harrower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Harrower, who sailed to Virginia in 1774
  • John Harrower, who landed in Virginia in 1774
  • Andrew Harrower, who arrived in Virginia in 1776

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harrower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harrower (post 1700)



  • W. H. Harrower, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952
  • Mrs. Norman Harrower, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1964
  • Gabriel T. Harrower, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 27th District, 1872-73
  • Peter Henry Harrower, Canadian corporate executive
  • David Harrower (b. 1966), Scottish playwright
  • George Alexander Harrower, Canadian physics educator who served with the RCAF from 1943-45

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Harrower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harrower Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 14:46.

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