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The surname Harvard is derived from the Old English personal name "Hereweard," which is in turn made up of the elements "here," which meant army, and "weard," which meant "guard."

Harvard Early Origins



The surname Harvard was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

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Harvard Spelling Variations


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Harvard 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 Harvard family name include Havard, Harvard, Haverd, Harverd and others.

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Harvard Early History


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Harvard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harvard research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1431, 1455, 1487, 1607, 1638 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Harvard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harvard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harvard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harvard 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 political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Harvard surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Harvard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Harvard (1607-38), namesake of Harvard University, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Harvard, who landed in New England in 1637
  • Sarah Harvard, who came to Virginia in 1668

Harvard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Harvard, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Jack Sydney Harvard, aged 17, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Robert W Harvard, aged 22, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Lionel de Y. Harvard, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
  • Gilmore Harvard, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harvard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harvard (post 1700)



  • John Harvard (1607-1638), English minister who emigrated to America in 1637, but died a year later of tuberculosis. He bequeathed Massachusetts Bay Colony's New College which was later renamed Harvard College in his honor
  • John Harvard PC OM (1938-2016), Canadian journalist, politician 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (2004-2009)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    11. ...

    The Harvard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harvard 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 11 January 2016 at 12:56.

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