The ancestry of the name Herringman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Herringman come from the Old French word hareng,
while later examples come from the Old English word hering,
which was originally derived from the Old English words hæring
these words all mean herring. Occupational
names such as Herringman frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Herringman family
The surname Herringman was first found in Oxfordshire
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 Herringman family
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Herringman Spelling Variations
Herringman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Herringman have been found, including Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.
Early Notables of the Herringman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herringman family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Herringmans to arrive on North American shores: Christopher Hering arrived in Philadelphia in 1783 along with George and Jacob; Joseph Herring settled in Barbados in 1635; Simon Herring settled in Virginia in 1663.