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Herban History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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The ancestry of the name Herban can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp.

Early Origins of the Herban family


The surname Herban was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Herban family


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Herban Spelling Variations


Herban has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Herban have been found, including Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.

Early Notables of the Herban family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Herban family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Herbans to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Harpen, who sailed to Maryland in 1661; James Herpin, who went to Alabama in 1858; Jacob Herpin to Illinois in 1860; Henry and Joseph Herpin to Illinois in 1864..

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