Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin, a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Herpan family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Herpan family
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Herpan Spelling Variations
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 Herpan include Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Herpan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herpan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Herpan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Harpen, who sailed to Maryland in 1661; James Herpin, who went to Alabama in 1858; Jacob Herpin to Illinois in 1860; Henry and Joseph Herpin to Illinois in 1864..
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