Recorded in many spellings as shown below, this very interesting surname is usually English, but may also be Irish, although the origins are the same. It is almost certainly for most nameholders topographical, and would have originally described someone who lived in a house or cottage in a nook or corner of land, or a bend in a river. If so the derivation is from the Old English word 'hyrne', or the later Middle English 'herne'. There is a quotation from the famous medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer which refers to - 'Lurking in hernes, and in lanes blinde'. The villages called Chaucer Herne in the county of Kent and Hurn in the county of Hampshire are examples of placenames. However as the word 'hern' is also the Middle English for the bird known as the heron, there is a possibility that the name may have been used as a nickname for a person resembling in some way the bird. The modern spellings of this name include: Hearn, Hearne, Hearon, Hearons, Heeron, Heerin, Hurn, Hurne, Hern, Herne, and Heron. As examples from early church registers we have Alice, daughter of Edward Hearn, was christened at St. Martin Ludgate's, in the city of London, on December 6th 1579, whilst another Alice, this time spelt Hearne, married William Harneyman, on July 23rd 1584, at Allhallows church, London Wall. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Gunnora de la Hurn. This was dated 1279, in the Curia Regis rolls of Hampshire, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Hearn — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Amber Hearn (* 1984), neuseeländische Fußballspielerin Anthony Hearn, australischer Mathematiker und theoretischer Physiker Barry Hearn (* 1949), englischer Sportpromoter und funktionär Chick Hearn… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • HEARN (L.) — HEARN LAFCADIO (1850 1904) Né de mère grecque et de père irlandais, Lafcadio Hearn était prédestiné à une vie cosmopolite. D’une école jésuite du Yorkshire, il passa à une école française; en Amérique, il fut petit coursier et colporteur à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Hearn — [hʉrn] Lafcadio [laf kad′ē ō] (born Patricio Lafcadio Tessima Carlos Hearn; Jpn name Yakumo Koizumi) 1850 1904; U.S. writer, born in Greece: became a citizen of Japan (1890?) …   English World dictionary

  • Hearn — Hearn, Lafcadio …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Hearn —   [həːn], Lafcadio, amerikanischer Schriftsteller irisch griechischer Herkunft, * Leukas (Griechenland) 27. 6. 1850, ✝ Okubo (Japan) 26. 9. 1904; lebte ab 1869 als Journalist in den USA, wo er u. a. eine Sammlung von Sprichwörtern in… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Hearn —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie des personnes (réelles ou fictives) partageant un même patronyme. Amber Hearn est une footballeuse néo zélandaise, née le 28 novembre 1984 à Waitakere (Nouvelle Zélande). Ann Hearn est une actrice… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hearn — n. family name; Lafcadio Hearn (1850 1904), Greek born USA author who moved to Japan in 1889 and thereafter became a Japanese citizen, pen name Koizumi Yakumo (best noted for his books about Japan) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hearn — dialect past of hear * * * /herrn/, n. Lafcadio /laf kad ee oh /, ( Koizumi Yakumo ), 1850 1904, U.S. journalist, novelist, and essayist, born in Greece; Japanese citizen after 1894. * * * hearn(e, hearon obs. ff. hern, her …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hearn — biographical name Lafcadio 1850 1904 Japanese Yakumo Koizumi American (Greek born) writer in Japan …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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