Herringshaw is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon
society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who made a living by catching or selling herring. Early examples of the surname Herringshaw 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 Herringshaw 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 Herringshaw family
The surname Herringshaw 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 Herringshaw family
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Herringshaw Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Herringshaw include Herring, Herrin, Hering and others.
Early Notables of the Herringshaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herringshaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Herringshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Herringshaw, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Mary Ann Herringshaw, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874