Harveard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Harveard 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Harveard family

The surname Harveard 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.

Early History of the Harveard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harveard research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1431, 1455, 1487, 1607, 1638, 1637, 1607 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Harveard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harveard Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Harveard has appeared include Havard, Harvard, Haverd, Harverd and others.

Early Notables of the Harveard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include 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. He was born in the High Street of Southwark...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harveard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Harveard family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Harveard arrived in North America very early: John Harvard (1607-38), namesake to Harvard University, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637; Elizabeth Havard, who arrived in Virginia in 1675; Pierre Havard, who was on record in Quebec in 1690.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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