The family name Herpent is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon
names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin,
a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Herpent family
The surname Herpent was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Herpent family
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Herpent Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Herpent include Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Herpent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herpent family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..