Herrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Herrell family

The surname Herrell was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England 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), was a 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." [1]

"The manor of St. Day [in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall] was at a very early period in severalties. The family of Hearle possess one third part, which they have long held." [2]

"East Clusion [in the parish of lansallos, Cornwall] now belongs to John Hearle, Esq. of Tregony, in whose family it has been vested about a century." [2]

Early History of the Herrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herrell research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1385, 1559, 1431, 1347, 1301, 1324, 1598, 1659, 1618, 1598, 1559, 1575, 1617, 1695, 1640, 1659, 1622, 1681, 1659, 1661 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Herrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herrell Spelling Variations

The name, Herrell, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Herle, Hearle, Herral, Harrell, Harle, Harel, Heral, Hurl, Hirl, Herrel and many more.

Early Notables of the Herrell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William de Herle (d. 1347), was an English judge, son of Robert de Herle, was probably born in Leicestershire, since both his father and he in 1301 and 1324 respectively were summoned by the sheriffs of that county to perform military duty and to attend the great council at Westminster. His lands lay principally in Leicestershire, but through his wife Margaret, daughter and heir of William Polglas and of Elizabeth, heiress of Sir William Champernon, he came into possession of considerable estates in Devonshire. [3] Charles Herle (1598-1659), was a prominent...
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Migration of the Herrell family

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Herrell surname who came to North America were: Michael Herrel, who was naturalized in Mobile Co. AL in 1868; and John Herle, who was recorded in the census of Ontario in 1871.


Contemporary Notables of the name Herrell (post 1700) +

  • W. C. Herrell, American politician, Mayor of Miami Springs, Florida, 1952-54 [4]
  • Ronald D. "Ron" Herrell (b. 1948), American member of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Walter "Walt" "Reds" William Herrell (1889-1949), American professional baseball player
  • George Herrell (b. 1963), English professional footballer
  • Robert Herrell (b. 1952), Canadian professional hockey player


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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