Origins Available: English
The ancient name of Harsin finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Harsin is derived from the Old English word hierde,
which means herd,
and the patronymic
Thus, the name Harsin literally means "son of the herd."
Early Origins of the Harsin family
The surname Harsin 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.
Early History of the Harsin family
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Harsin Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harsin family name include Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.
Early Notables of the Harsin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harsin family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Harsin surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820.