Herriot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Herriot family

The surname Herriot was first found in Midlothian where they held a family seat from early times and held the lands of Heriot, and were found there as early as c. 1164, when Henry of Heriot witnessed confirmation of the church of Karnewid (Carnwath) to Joceline, bishop of Glasgow.

"Laurence de Herryhot witnessed a grant of the lands of Swaynystoun to the Hospital of Soltre c. 1221-1238. The lands of Trabroun in the sheriffdom of Berwick were confirmed to John de Heriot de Trabroun, son and heir of James de Heriot de Nudre Marschele in 1424." [1]

Further to the south in England, Richard de Heriett, de Herierd was found in Berkshire and Bedfordshire according to the Feet of Fines of 1197-1198. [2]

In Somerset, Walter Henriot was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [3] and in Norfolk Heriot Heringflet (no date). [4]

Early History of the Herriot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herriot research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1429, 1458, 1468, 1504, 1525, 1549, 1537, 1550, 1591, 1570, 1424, 1563, 1624, 1563, 1586, 1560, 1621, 1560, 1580, 1585 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Herriot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herriot Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Herriot occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Herriot, Heriot, Harriet, Hariet, Herriott, Harriott and many more.

Early Notables of the Herriot family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John of Heriot of Trabrown, Chief of the Clan in 1424. George Heriot (1563-1624), was a Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist. He was "founder of Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh, was born in that city 15 June 1563. His father, George Heriot, who belonged to the old Haddingtonshire family, the Heriots of Trabourn, settled early as a goldsmith in Edinburgh, which he represented repeatedly in the Scotch parliament. The younger Heriot was brought up in the business of his father, who, on his marriage in 1586 to the daughter of a respectable Edinburgh tradesman, gave...
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United States Herriot migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Herriot, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Herriot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Herriot, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [5]
Herriot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Herriot who settled in Maryland in 1743
  • William Herriot, who settled in Georgia in 1775
  • William Herriot, aged 22, who arrived in New York or Georgia in 1775 [5]

New Zealand Herriot migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Herriot Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William E. Herriot, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Egidia" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1861 [6]
  • Mr. John Herriot, (b. 1844), aged 26, British baker travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Herriot (post 1700) +

  • John George Herriot (1916-2003), American mathematician at Stanford university
  • Walter Herriot OBE, English managing director of St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge, recipient of the 2006 Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion
  • Marcel Paul Herriot (1934-2017), French Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Verdun (1987–1999) and Soissons (1999–2008)
  • James "Jim" Herriot (b. 1939), former Scottish international football goalkeeper
  • Édouard Marie Herriot (1872-1957), French Radical politician, three-time Prime Minister of France
  • James Herriot (1916-1995), pen name of James Alfred Wight, a British veterinary surgeon and writer
  • George Herriot Cunningham CBE, FRS (1892-1962), the first New Zealand-based mycologist and plant pathologist


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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