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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 and heritage. These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium, which comes from the word heres, which means heir.


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heritage research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1519, 1558 and 1st. are included under the topic Early Heritage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heritage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 came to San Francisco, California in 1850

Heritage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Houlihan Heritage sailed to Nova Scotia in 1838

Heritage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Heritage (aged 20), a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

  • 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

Heritage Historic Events

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Roy George Heritage (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Swan Reach, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Heritage Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Heritage Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 December 2015 at 10:41.

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