Heritage is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal
System. The surname Heritage is derived from the Old English word heritage,
which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage
These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium,
which comes from the word heres,
which means heir.
Early Origins of the Heritage family
The surname Heritage was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Heritage family
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Heritage Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Heritage include Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Heritage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heritage family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Heritage were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Heritage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Heritage traveled to New Jersey in 1664
Heritage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W. Heritage, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
Heritage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Houlihan Heritage, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1838
Heritage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Heritage (aged 20), a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
Contemporary Notables of the name Heritage (post 1700)
- Thomas C Heritage, English clergyman, Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral, Huntingdonshire
- John Heritage Ph.D., British professor of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds
Historic Events for the Heritage family
- Mr. Roy George Heritage (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Swan Reach, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp