Herbin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Herbin family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been a patronymic name as in 'the son of Harpin,' probably from Harfinn. [2]

Early Origins of the Herbin family

The surname Herbin was first found in Norfolk, where Thomas Harpyn was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

William Harepin was a Knights Templar in 1185 and Harpin (with no forename) was listed in Yorkshire in 1231. [1]

Adam Harpin was faulconer to Bishop Swinfield in 1289-90 and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Henricus Harpyn; Magota Harpyn; and Johanna Harpyn. [2]

Early History of the Herbin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herbin research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1289, 1379, 1713 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Herbin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herbin Spelling Variations

Herbin 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 Herbin have been found, including Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.

Early Notables of the Herbin family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herbin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Herbin migration to the United States +

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 Herbins to arrive on North American shores:

Herbin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Herbin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [3]

Canada Herbin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herbin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Claude Herbin, who arrived in Canada in 1653

Contemporary Notables of the name Herbin (post 1700) +

  • Robert Herbin (1939-2020), French football defender and manager
  • Mathieu Herbin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Jean-Baptiste Herbin -Dessaux, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 10) Mathieu Herbin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 10) Jean-Baptiste Herbin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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