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The name Hershey was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hershey family lived in the place named Hercé, which is in the Mayenne region of France.

Hershey Early Origins



The surname Hershey 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.

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Hershey Spelling Variations


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Hershey Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hercy, Herci, Hearsey, Hearse, Hersee, Hersey, Hershey, Herse, Hershee, Hershie and many more.

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Hershey Early History


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Hershey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hershey research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1135, 1216, 1272, and 1273 are included under the topic Early Hershey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hershey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hershey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hershey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hershey or a variant listed above:

Hershey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Hershey, who arrived in Maryland in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hershey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hershey (post 1700)



  • General Lewis Blaine Hershey (1893-1977), American Secretary Joint Army & Navy Selective Service Committee (1936-1940)
  • Joseph Hershey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1934, 1936
  • Henry L. Hershey, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 9th Pennsylvania District, 1909
  • Harry B. Hershey, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Taylorville, Illinois, 1922-26; Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1938; Illinois Democratic State Chair, 1938-39
  • Della B. Hershey (1886-1969), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936
  • David N. Hershey, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 19th District, 1880-81, 1883-85
  • M. L. Hershey, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Dauphin County, 1891-94
  • Omer F. Hershey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1928
  • Rice A. Hershey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Richard G. Hershey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Hershey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hershey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 November 2015 at 10:39.

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