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Where did the Scottish Harp family come from? What is the Scottish Harp family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harp family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harp family history?The name Harp was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a person who occupies the role of "harper". In ancient times the harper was considered an important figurehead whereby Brehon laws stated that the elegance and music of the harp "deserved" a noble status.
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Harp has been spelled Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harp research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1603 is included under the topic Early Harp History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Harp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Harp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Harp were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Harp Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Harp Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Harp Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Harp Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Et suavis et fortis
Motto Translation: Pleasant and brave.
The Harp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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