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The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Hersom. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Hersom is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Hersom literally means "son of the herd."

Hersom Early Origins



The surname Hersom was first found in Lancashire, on the west coast near Lythom-St. Annes, where they were associated with Furness Abbey. They were a prominent family here from very early times.

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Hersom Spelling Variations


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Hersom Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hersom include Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.

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Hersom Early History


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Hersom Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hersom research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1621, 1660, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Hersom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hersom Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hersom Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hersom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hersom or a variant listed above: Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hersom (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hersom (post 1700)



  • Richard E. Hersom, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1926
  • Lyle E. Hersom, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Northumberland, 1956; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1972

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. 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).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Hersom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hersom 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 26 September 2016 at 07:32.

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