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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.

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

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Heritage of Oxfordshire, a prominent landowner during the reign of Edward 1st

United States Heritage migration to the United States +

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

Canada Heritage migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heritage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Houlihan Heritage, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1838

Australia Heritage migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heritage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Heritage, English convict who was convicted in Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 1
  • Mr. James Heritage, (b. 1810), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales 2
  • Mrs. Mary Heritage, (b. 1804), aged 34 born in Kenwyn, Cornwall, UK convicted in Coventry on 1st January 1838, sentenced for 14 years for inducement, transported aboard the ship "Majestic" in 1839 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia 3
  • Miss Jane Heritage, (b. 1836), aged 20, English servant from Gloucestershire, England, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 4
  • 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

HMAS Sydney II

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Aliquis (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook