Show ContentsHerries History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Herries reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Herries family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Herries is based on the medieval given name Harry.

Early Origins of the Herries family

The surname Herries was first found in Shropshire where the pedigree can be traced back to Cruchton [(Cruckton)] in 1463. [1] It is presumed that the family derived their name from Fitz-Henry who was mentioned in the deeds of that county and were seated at Little Sutton prior to the reign of Edward III. [2]Herbert Herries, 1st Lord Herries of Terregles (died c. 1505), was a Scottish peer, the first of the Lords of Herries of Terregles, a hereditary title that still continues today.

Early History of the Herries family

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Herries Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Herries are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Herries include Harries, Harryes and others.

Early Notables of the Herries family (pre 1700)

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United States Herries migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Herries, or a variant listed above:

Herries Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Herries, who arrived in Georgia in 1750 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Herries (post 1700) +

  • John Charles Herries PC (1778-1855), English politician and financier, eldest son of Charles Herries, a London merchant, and colonel of the light horse volunteers [4]
  • Sir Charles Jon Herries (1815-1883), English financier, eldest son of J. C. Herries who studied at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he proceeded B.A. 1837, M.A. 1840 [4]
  • Sir William Herbert Herries KCMG (1859-1923), English-born, New Zealand politician, Minister of Railways (1912 to 1919)
  • Sir Michael Alexander Robert Young- Herries MC (1923-1995), Scottish businessman and ex-Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Herbert Herries (1460-1505), 1st Lord Herries of Terregles, Scottish landowner

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. 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)
  4. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook