Hershey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hershey was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hershey family lived in D'Hercé or D'Héricy, in the Mayenne region of France. [1]

Early Origins of the Hershey family

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. [2]

Another source notes that Pillerton Hercy in Warwickshire was named from Hugh de Hercy, to whom it was granted by King John. [1]

"Gilbert de Waseville possessed Nether Pillerton in Richard I.'s time, and by committing a felony forfeited his whole estate, which the King bestowed upon Hugh de Hercy and left John his son and heir in ward of Thomas Basset in 13 John. From which John descended John de Hercy who is 7 Edward I. held this manor. " [1]

As a forename, 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. " [3]

Further to the south in the parish of Ruan Major, Cornwall, we found this interesting note about the family: "the manor of Erisey is partly in this parish and partly in Grade; and Erisey House is so situated as to have part of its buildings in each of these parishes. The manor house, which was the seat of the Eriseys for many generations, was rebuilt about the year 1620. This has for some considerable time been occupied by a farmer. The family of Erisey became extinct in the male line, about the year 1722; when this property passed in marriage with an heiress to Colonel John West." [4]

Early History of the Hershey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hershey research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1135, 1216, 1272, 1273, 1597, 1598, 1600, 1765, 1305, 1316, 1391, 1341, 1499, 1570, 1532, 1533, 1543, 1544, 1548, 1549, 1539, 1553, 1547, 1500 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Hershey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Hershey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Malveysin de Hercy, Constable of the Honour of Tykhill, who became Baron of Grove during the 13th century. Sir Hugh de Hercy and Thomas Malet were Members of Parliament for Nottinghamshire in 1305 as was Sir Hugh de Hercy and Lawrence Chaworth in 1316. Later, Sir Thomas Hercy and Sir Robert Cockfield were Members of Parliament for Nottinghamshire in 1391. Hugo de Hercy was Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests in 1341...
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United States Hershey migration to the United States +

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 Atlantic. 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 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hershey (post 1700) +

  • Milton Snavely Hershey (1857-1945), American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the “company town” of Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • General Lewis Blaine Hershey (1893-1977), American Secretary Joint Army & Navy Selective Service Committee (1936-1940) [6]
  • Barbara Hershey (b. 1948), Emmy Award-winning American actress who also had back-to-back wins for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival
  • General Lewis Blaine Hershey (1893-1977), American Army four-star general who served as the second Director of the Selective Service System
  • Falls Bacon Hershey (b. 1918), American surgeon and educator
  • Dr. Alfred Day Hershey (1908-1997), American Nobel Prize-winning bacteriologist and geneticist
  • M. L. Hershey, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Dauphin County, 1891-94 [7]
  • Joseph Hershey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1934, 1936 [7]
  • Henry L. Hershey, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 9th Pennsylvania District, 1909 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. 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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Lewis Hershey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hershey/Lewis_Blaine/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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