Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Herrtage was a name used for a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal System. The surname Herrtage 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 Herrtage family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Herrtage family
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Herrtage 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 Herrtage include Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Herrtage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herrtage family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Herrtage were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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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