Herson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 herdsman." [1]

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.

In Essex, Robert Herdesman was listed at Colchester in 1367. [2]

Early History of the Herson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herson research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1621, 1660, 1685, 1651 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Herson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Herson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Herdson (fl. 1651), English writer on mnemonics, probably received part of his education at Cambridge, as he terms that university his 'dearest mother.' He styled himself professor of the art of memory by public authority in the University of Cambridge. Afterwards he taught his art in London at the...
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United States Herson migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Herson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Herson, who sailed to New York in 1820

Canada Herson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Herson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Herson (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Herson, American actor, known for his work on One, Two, Guess Who's Who (2017), Sarah Q (2018) and Too Proud to Die (2016)
  • Jonathan Herson, American actor, known for Sweating Bullets (1991), The Finest Hour (1992) and Leil Klulot (1994)
  • Steve Herson, American actor, known for Captive State (2019), Colombiana (2011) and Chicago P.D. (2014)
  • Ira Herson, American actor, known for Number 96 (1972)
  • Ben Herson, American actor, known for Praxis (2008)
  • Michael H. Herson, American lobbyist and consultant for the United States defense industry, and serves as the president and chief executive officer of American Defense International (ADI), recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1993
  • Leslie Herson (1942-2008), born Leslie Bambi Fishman, an American businesswoman and artist, known for creating the cult vintage store Love Saves The Day or LSD, which operated in New York City's East Village from 1966 until 2009
  • Mike Herson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1994 [5]
  • Mary Herson, French actress, known for Once in a Lifetime (2014)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Herson, British Boy Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [6]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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