Origen: Normando. Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Herron was recognized on the island as a name for a person who was long legged or of tall stature. The name Herron is derived from the Old English word heiroun, which meant heron. As in this instance, nickname surnames often described strong traits or features of animals. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans. First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The names Herron, Heran and Heron in Ireland are often derived from the native Gaelic O'hEarain sept that was located in county Armagh. These names can also be synonyms of Heffron and Ahearne. The Gaelic Mac Giolla Chiarain sept in Ulster is also sometimes anglicized as Herron as well as MacElheron.
Variantes: Herron, Heron y otros.
|John Heron & Margaret Walsh ( modificado el 19.03.2017 )|