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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Herson. It was a name given to someone who was a guardian of cattle or sheep. The surname Herson is derived from the Old English word hierde, which means herd, and the patronymic suffix -son. Thus, the name Herson literally means "son of the herd."

Herson Early Origins



The surname Herson 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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Herson Spelling Variations


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Herson Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Herson have been found, including Herdson, Hirdson, Heardson, Hurdson, Herson and others.

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Herson Early History


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Herson Early History



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

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Herson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Herson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Herson 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Herson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Herson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Herson, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Herson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820

Herson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin Herson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Herson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Herson (post 1700)



  • Mike Herson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1994

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Herson Historic Events


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Herson Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harry Herson, British Boy Signalman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Herson Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Herson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herson 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 10:43.

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