Harmon / Family History
The family history of the ancient name Harmon
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Harmon
include Hardiman, Hargadan, Harman and Hereman. This name in Irish is O'hArgadain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Sligo and Galway.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
Hargadan is more usual in County Sligo with Hardiman found mostly in County Galway. In the sixteenth century 'fiants', which were ancient documents, the form O'Hardegan and O'Hargedan are recorded. The other variants Harman and Harmon are chiefly found in the eastern part of Leinster Province where another modern form, Hereman, is found. The place-name Harmanstown in the Barony of Upper Slane, County Meath is recorded in the Justiciary Rolls of that period. The Harmon
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Harmon