The German surname Harsman was a patronymic
, created from the name of the original bearer's father. As a personal name
, Harsman long predated surnames. There is record of a Hartman von der Aue, who was a 12th century epic poet. The German root "hart" or "hard," meant " bold" or "brave."
Early Origins of the Harsman family
The surname Harsman was first found in Hanover, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. There is an early record of Ticze Hartman in Liegnitz in 1369.
Early History of the Harsman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harsman research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1702, 1805, 1568, 1631, 1609, 1675, 1673, 1675, 1821, 1872 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Harsman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harsman Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hartman, Hartmann, Harttmann, Harttman, Haartmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Harsman family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included Johannes Hartmann (1568-1631), a German chemist; Andreas Hartmann, who was a church administrator active in Dresden (Saxony) in the 16th century; he wrote a play based on the life of Martin Luther; Johann Hartmann von Rosenbach (1609-1675), Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1673 to 1675... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harsman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harsman family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Hartman, who arrived in New York State in 1715; and was among the first of the many bearers of this name to land in the New World; Jacob Hartman came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1719.