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Early Origins of the Herriott family

The surname Herriott 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 Herriott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herriott 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 Herriott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herriott Spelling Variations

Although the name, Herriott, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Herriot, Heriot, Harriet, Hariet, Herriott, Harriott and many more.

Early Notables of the Herriott 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 Herriott 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 cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Herriott family name Herriott, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Herriott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ambrose Herriott, who settled in Virginia in 1670
  • Thomas Herriott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [5]
Herriott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas and John Herriott, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858 and 1865 respectively

Canada Herriott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herriott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Philip Herriott, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Herriott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Herriott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Herriott 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:

Herriott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh J. Herriott, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • David Herriott, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Margaret Herriott, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Agnes Herriott, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Herriott (post 1700) +

  • Donald R. Herriott (1928-2007), American physicist who is known for his contributions to interferometry
  • Frank Irving Herriott (1868-1941), American academic and educator from the U.S. state of Iowa
  • John Herriott (1844-1918), American politician, born in Herriottsville, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, (1902-1907) [7]
  • Virgil H. Herriott, American politician, Mayor of Brookings, South Dakota, 1999-2003 [7]
  • Robert Herriott, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 10th District, 1982 [7]
  • Elizabeth Maude Herriott (1882-1936), New Zealand scientist and academic, the first woman appointed to the permanent teaching staff at Canterbury College, now the University of Canterbury
  • Maurice Herriott (b. 1939), British two-time silver medalist track and field athlete who competed mainly in the 3000 metres steeplechase

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Asher Herriott Jr., American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]

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  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. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from
  8. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook