Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Harsen is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Harsen literally means "son of the herd."
Early Origins of the Harsen family
Lancashire, on the west coast near Lythom-St. Annes, where they were associated with Furness Abbey. They were a prominent family here from very early times.
Early History of the Harsen family
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Harsen Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Harsen has been recorded under many different variations, including Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.
Early Notables of the Harsen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harsen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Harsen or a variant listed above:
Harsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Harsen (post 1700)
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