Early Origins of the Harstad family
The surname Harstad was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where they held a family seat
in both Dumfries and south of the border in Cumberland
where the name was more commonly spelled Harstan or Harston.
Early History of the Harstad family
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Harstad Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hairstanis, Harstans, Harstens, Hairstanes, Harston, Harsten, Harstan, Harstons and many more.
Early Notables of the Harstad family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harstad family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jonathon Hardstan who landed in North America in 1750.
Contemporary Notables of the name Harstad (post 1700)
- Aaron Harstad (b. 1992), American ice hockey defenseman playing for the Colorado College Tigers
- Oscar Theander Harstad (1892-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher during the 1915 Cleveland Indians season
- Robert Joseph "Bob" Harstad (b. 1969), American former professional basketball player
- Erle Bjoland Harstad (b. 1990), Norwegian figure skater, the 2008 and 2009 Norwegian national champion
The Harstad Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.