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
Thus, the name Herson literally means "son of the herd."
Early Origins of the Herson family
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.
Early History of the Herson family
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Herson 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.
Early Notables of the Herson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herson family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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 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
Contemporary Notables of the name Herson (post 1700)
- Mike Herson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1994 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Herson family
- Mr. Harry Herson, British Boy Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html