Herkes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Herkes family

The surname Herkes was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat in the lands of Hardcarse in the parish of Fogo in that shire. The first on record was Adam Harcarse who was Abbott of Newbattle Abbey, and later in 1219 became Abbott of Melrose Abbey.

Early History of the Herkes family

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Herkes Spelling Variations

Although the name, Herkes, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Harecars, Harecarse, Harcars, Harcarse, Harkess, Harcors, Harcorse, Harcourse, Harkars, Harcus, Harkass, Harcas, Harkes, Harks, Harcase, Arcas, Arcus and many more.

Early Notables of the Herkes family (pre 1700)

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United States Herkes migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Herkes family name Herkes, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Herkes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Herkes, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Joseph Herkes, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1913
  • Siedo Herkes, aged 29, who landed in America from Rysum, Germany, in 1913
  • Corardus C. P. Herkes, aged 23, who immigrated to America, in 1921

Australia Herkes migration to Australia +

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

Herkes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Peter Herkes, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Herkes (post 1700) +

    HMS Repulse
    • Mr. James Herkes, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [1]

    1. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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