Show ContentsHermon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hermon comes from Herman or Hermannus. [1] The names are really the same; it was a common practice for scribes to record a given name in the Latin style, where us is the masculine suffix. The personal name meant warrior having derived from the Old French word hermant, or from the Old German words hariman or hereman, all of which meant "warrior." [1]

This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066. However, not all of the family moved to England as Ralph, William, Richard and Hugh Herman were all listed in Normandy in 1180. [2]

Early Origins of the Hermon family

The surname Hermon was first found in Norfolk where Willelmus Harmannus, who was listed in 1208 in the St. Benet of Holme (1020-1240), is generally considered to be the first record of the name. Another branch was found in Sussex where William de Hermer was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex in 1207. Simone Haremere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in Sussex in 1296, and later, William Harmere was listed in 1428. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings using older spellings: Nicholas Herman in Suffolk; and Cecilia Hereman in Huntingdonshire.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Herman and Ricardus Harman as residing there at that time. [3]

Haremere Hall near Etchingham, East Sussex was home to this branch since the 12th century. By the 1600's the hall had fallen from their hands and was held by James Temple, one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I. Today it is now a Grade I listed Jacobean building and is still held in private hands.

Early History of the Hermon family

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Hermon Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hermon has appeared include Harman, Harmon, Harriman, Herman, Hernon, Hermanson, Harnum and many more.

Early Notables of the Hermon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Horman (c. 1440-1535), headmaster at Eton and Winchester, best known for his Latin grammar textbook the Vulgaria. He was born at Salisbury, and educated partly at Winchester. [4] Thomas Harman (fl. 1567), was an English writer on beggars, grandson of Henry Harman, clerk of the crown under Henry VII, who obtained about 1480 the estates of Ellam and Maystreet in Kent. Thomas's father, William Harman, added to these estates the manor of Mayton or Maxton in the same county. As his father's heir, Thomas inherited all this...
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Ireland Migration of the Hermon family to Ireland

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United States Hermon migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hermon arrived in North America very early:

Hermon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Goodloop Hermon, aged 36, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
Hermon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hermon, aged 30, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [5]
  • Auden Hermon, who arrived in New York in 1847 [5]
  • Joe Hermon, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hermon (post 1700) +

  • John F. Hermon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1917-18 [6]
  • Beverly E. Hermon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1972 [6]
  • Edward Hermon (1822-1881), British cotton business magnate, Conservative Party politician for Preston, Lancashire
  • Sir John Charles "Jack" Hermon OBE QPM (1928-2008), Northern Irish Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (1980 to 1989)
  • Joseph Hermon Cawthra (1886-1957), English sculptor from Baildon, Yorkshire
  • Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947), American sculptor from Everett, Massachusetts, best known for designing the Standing Liberty quarter
  • Brigadier-General Hermon French Safford (1894-1988), American Chief of Production Services Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1942-1946) [7]
  • Hermon Carey Bumpus (1862-1943), American fifth president of Tufts College
  • Hermon M. Chapin (b. 1867), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Hartford, 1905-06; Defeated, 1906 [8]
  • Hermon E. Hibbard, American Republican politician, Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1891-92 [9]

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Eric D Hermon (b. 1917), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Kenley, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [10]

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  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  10. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook