Herthill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Herthill surname is derived from the Old English words "heorot," which means "hart" and "hyll," meaning hill, and the surname no doubt comes from one of several places so named in England and Scotland. [1]

Harthill, in Southern Yorkshire, was given to William de Warrenne in 1086, as part of his reward for his role in the Norman Conquest. There is also a Harthill in Cheshire and Derbyshire. [2]

Early Origins of the Herthill family

The surname Herthill was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. One of the first records of the family was Ralph Hardel, who was Lord Mayor of London (1254-1257.)

Another source claims a different forename: "Richard Hardell was joint-sheriff of London and Middlesex: and from 1254 to 1257 Lord Mayor. " [3]

"William Hardell was of Kent, and Robert Hardell of Buckinghamshire, in the reign of Ed. I. - Rotuli Hundredorum. At nearly the same date we find in Essex a Sir John Hardel, the husband of Lady Alice Beaumont, who had two daughters and coheirs: Helen, married to Sir William de Hareburgh: and Alice, the wife of William Fitz Warin, then Valectus, or gentleman of the Bedchamber, to Edward I. Robert Hardell occurs in the Norman Exchequer Rolls between 1198 and 1203." [3]

Early History of the Herthill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herthill research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1167, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Herthill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herthill Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Herthill include Harthill, Harthull, Hartgill, Hartgull, Harthall, Hartgall, Hartill, Hartull and many more.

Early Notables of the Herthill family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Herthill family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Herthill were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander Harthill and W.H. Harthill, who were both recorded in Toronto in the Ontario census of 1871; F. Henry Hartall, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1884.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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


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