Re: History of the Name
Surfing the Forum I came across your posting of Sept. 11, 2000.Several years ago I was fortunate enough to do a bit of research in the Public Records Office in London and found some interesting info as to our surname origin>In the DICTIONARY OF BRISTISH SURNAMES, by P.H.Reaney, Routledge & Kegan, London, 1838 we find: "first appearance of this Harryman(sic) surname was in 1332, on the Subsidy Rolls, Cumberland County, England: "Henry Henriman."
In ENGLISH SURNAMES, by C.M.Matthews, The Trinity Press, London, 1966 we find: "The Harryman surname derived from a Norman christain name - "Henry."The English pronounced Henry as "Harri."The suffix "man," meaning servant or attendant, could come down from the 11th Century without change.
Reviewing the PRO records I noticed the most prevalent spelling in Britain was "Herriman."Other variations include: Haryman, Harryman, Harrymond, Harrymane, Hareman, Haimon, Harimond, Harreman, Hairman, Herriman, Heryman, Herryman.