The founding heritage of the Sharpin family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Sharpin comes from when one of the family worked as a person who played the harp deriving its origin from the Old French harpin,
a person who played the harp.
Early Origins of the Sharpin family
The surname Sharpin was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Sharpin family
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Sharpin Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sharpin has been spelled many different ways, including Harpin, Herpin, Harpyn, Arpin, Harpen, Herpen and others.
Early Notables of the Sharpin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sharpin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sharpins to arrive in North America: Thomas Harpen, who sailed to Maryland in 1661; James Herpin, who went to Alabama in 1858; Jacob Herpin to Illinois in 1860; Henry and Joseph Herpin to Illinois in 1864..