Early Origins of the Herl family
The surname Herl was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. But we must looks south to Cornwall
to find the earliest notable of the family: Lord Borchard de Herle (1268-1305), medieval diplomat under the King Edward I
. By the time he was 12, his father Lord Borin had died of typhoid fever leaving him to care for his mother and his younger brother. As soon as he turned 18, he abandoned his sick mother and took his father's money and left to go to college at University of Cambridge. His father's legacy of close connections to Edward I
led to his early career. This Cornish branch claims descent from "the house of West Hearle in Northumberland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Herl family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herl research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Herl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herl Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Herl occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.
Early Notables of the Herl family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Charles Herle (1598-1659), a prominent English theologian of moderate Presbyterian views, graduated from Exeter
College, Oxford in 1618; Edward Herle (c.
1617-1695), an English... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herl family to the New World and Oceana
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 illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Herl, or a spelling variation of the surname include: Michael Herrel, who was naturalized in Mobile Co. AL in 1868; and John Herle, who was recorded in the census of Ontario in 1871.