Herse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Herse was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Herse family lived in the place named Hercé, which is in the Mayenne region of France.

Early Origins of the Herse family

The surname Herse was first found in Nottinghamshire, where Ivo Fitz Hercie was Viscount of Nottingham before 1130. Hugue d'Hericy, the first ancestor of this name, was recorded as "Companion in Arms of the Conqueror" at the Battle of Hastings in the Battle Abbey Rolls, establishing one of the oldest and most distinguished North Country families. [1]

Urse d'Abetot ( fl. 1086), was Sheriff of Worcestershire and derived his name from St. Jean d'Abbetot, near Tancarville. "He appears in 'Domesday' as a tenant-in-chief in the counties of Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, and Warwick, being also styled in it 'Urso de Wirecestre' from his office as Sheriff of Worcestershire. " [2]

Important Dates for the Herse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herse research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1135, 1216, 1272 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Herse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herse Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Hercy, Herci, Hearsey, Hearse, Hersee, Hersey, Hershey, Herse, Hershee, Hershie and many more.

Early Notables of the Herse family (pre 1700)

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Herse migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Herse or a variant listed above:

Herse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Herse, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [3]
Herse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Herse, who settled in Barbados in 1745
  • Ehler Herse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Herse (post 1700)

  • Lysiane "Lyli" Herse (1928-2018), French racing cyclist and coach

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
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