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The name Harsen finds its origins with the ancient 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."

Harsen Early Origins



The surname Harsen was first found in 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.

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Harsen Spelling Variations


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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.

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Harsen Early History


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Harsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harsen research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1621, 1660, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Harsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Harsen 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



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

  • M V Harsen, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harsen (post 1700)



  • James N. Harsen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1966

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Harsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harsen 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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