Herrick Surname Genealogy

Herrick comes from the Old Norse name Eirikr,
comprising the elements eir
meeaning “mercy” and rik
meaning “power.” The “H” got added later as the name was more and
more used in England. The name was first found in Leicestershire,
which had been an area of intense Danish settlement, and with one family
there. DNA analysis points
to a single family origin.

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Herrick Ancestry

Family lore relates the Herricks to Erick the Forester at the time
of William the Conqueror. Herrick first surfaced as a name in
Leicestershire in
the 13th century when
Henry Eyrick witnessed charters at Wigston Magna. The
Herricks remained in Wigston until the 20th
century. Other members of the family
were recorded nearby, at Great Stretton in the 13th century and at
two hundred years later.

Thomas Herrick, son of
Robert Herrick of Houghton, moved to Leicester where he was borough
in 1511. His sons Nicholas and John both
became mayors of Leicester, while Sir William Herrick – the
youngest of the five sons – became
a goldsmith in London and such a prominent figure that he was knighted
1605 and granted estates at Beaumanor. His
cousin Robert
, born in
London, was the well-known poet.

The Herrick name did not start to appear in
the neighboring counties of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire until the
17th century. The earliest reference in
Lincolnshire was to
John Herrick who in 1627 was baptized in Folkingham only twelve miles
from the
border with Leicestershire. The strong
presence of the name in Lincoln in the 1881 census must have
come from later migration.

Ireland. The Herrick name
appeared in Ireland. John Herrick, an ensign in Colonel
Rainborough’s regiment, came to Ireland in 1649. He was said to
be from a junior branch of the Herricks of Beaumanor and was granted
lands at Ship-Pool near Innishannon in county Cork.

By the time of Griffith’s Valuations in the mid 19th century, Herricks
were considerable landowners in the county. The largest Herrick
estate, comprising more than 3,000 acres, was that of Thomas Herrick of
Ship-Pool castle. This house stayed in the Herrick family until

There were Irish O’Harricks at one time in Donegal. But
this seems
later to have come out later as Erck.

Henry Herrick
arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629. Early genealogists
sought to link him with Sir William Herrick in London. Jedediah
Herrick in his 1846 book Herrick
Genealogy Register
thought so but had his doubts.

“I think Henry of Salem must have been
the son of Sir William Herrick, although the evidence as we have it
does not satisfy my mind.”

Subsequent research has discounted this connection.

Henry Herrick married Editha
Laskin shortly after his arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and
they had
at least nine children. Henry and Editha
both died before the Salem witch trials of 1692, but several of their
and their grandchildren were directly caught up in it. Herricks
left Salem after this time and many settled in Connecticut and New York
state. Some Herricks later moved west to Ohio and Myron Herrick
rose to become Governor of that state in 1904.

Herricks in America were generally more numerous than Herricks in
England. By looking at the country of origin, it can be
seen that more
Herricks came to America from Ireland than from England
George Herrick, for instance, left his native Cork in 1873 at the
tender age of ten for Freeport, Illinois where he married and settled
down. Irish Herricks were also early settlers in Oak Park,
Illinois. A descendant James B. Herrick was a physician credited
with the first description of sickle-cell disease.

Herrick Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Herrick Names

Robert Herrick was a
highly popular English poet of the 17th century.
Myron Herrick was Governor of Ohio
in 1904.

Select Herricks Today

  • 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Lincolnshire)
  • 5,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 2,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)




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