Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal System. The surname Herritige is derived from the Old English word heritage, which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage and heritage. These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium, which comes from the word heres, which means heir.
Early Origins of the Herritige family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Herritige family
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Herritige Spelling Variations
Herritige 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 Herritige have been found, including Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Herritige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herritige 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 Herritiges to arrive on North American shores: Roger Eritage, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; Richard Heritage to New Jersey in 1664; W. Heritage to San Francisco, Cal. in 1850 and Mary Houlihan Heritage to Nova Scotia in 1838..
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