Show ContentsHarrup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Harrup family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the small hamlet of Harrup, in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Harrup family

The surname Harrup was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Harrup a small hamlet in Cheshire. Many historians have conjectured about the origin of this name, including definitions such as, an abbreviation of Harehope found in Northumberland, but this name is believed to be of an ancient Cheshire family which has held a family seat in that county for at least one thousand years.

Early History of the Harrup family

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Harrup Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Harrup include Harrap, Harrop, Harehope, Harropp, Harrupp, Harupp, Haropp and many more.

Early Notables of the Harrup family (pre 1700)

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United States Harrup migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harrup or a variant listed above:

Harrup Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Harrup, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1719

Australia Harrup migration to Australia +

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

Harrup Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Harrup, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • Rayner Harrup, aged 43, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

  1. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook