Herpenney is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who because of his physical characteristics was referred to as Halfpenn.
This person had a slim or slight build and was given this surname as a means of identity. The surname may have also local
origins, which would explain Halfpenn Field in Cambridgeshire
. The residents gave half a penny per acre to repair the Needham Dyke in that county.
Early Origins of the Herpenney family
The surname Herpenney was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Herpenney family
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Herpenney 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 Herpenney has appeared include Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.
Early Notables of the Herpenney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herpenney family to Ireland
Some of the Herpenney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herpenney family to the New World and Oceana
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 Herpenney arrived in North America very early: Robert Halfpenny arrived in Annapolis Maryland in 1725; Michael Halfpenny settled in New England
in 1753; along with Peter; Thomas Halfpenny settled in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1823..