Heral History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Heral family

The surname Heral was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. But we must looks south to Cornwall to find the earliest notable of the family: Lord Borchard de Herle (1268-1305), medieval diplomat under the King Edward I. By the time he was 12, his father Lord Borin had died of typhoid fever leaving him to care for his mother and his younger brother. As soon as he turned 18, he abandoned his sick mother and took his father's money and left to go to college at University of Cambridge. His father's legacy of close connections to Edward I led to his early career. This Cornish branch claims descent from "the house of West Hearle in Northumberland." [1]

Important Dates for the Heral family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heral research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Heral History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heral Spelling Variations

Although the name, Heral, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.

Early Notables of the Heral family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Charles Herle (1598-1659), a prominent English theologian of moderate Presbyterian views, graduated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1618; Edward Herle (c. 1617-1695), an English...
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Heral migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Heral family name Heral, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Heral Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Heral, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1895
Heral Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Boruch Heral, aged 21, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Maryanna Heral, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Muszzna, Galicia, in 1911
  • Gaston Heral, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Marseille, France, in 1915

Contemporary Notables of the name Heral (post 1700)

  • Christophe Héral, French film and video game-composer


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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