Late 16C English Given Names: Notes on Harman

Late Sixteenth Century English Given Names

Notes on the name Harman

Harman: If English this is < OFr Herman(t) (DES at Harman), but at least one instance is probably from the Low Countries. Considering his surname, Harman Van Oldensted, of the city of London, is likely to have been from the Low Countries. Bahlow at Harm(s) cites a Friesian Harmen Cater = Herman Cater 1363 and indicates that the er/ar switch is common in Low German. Harman Holman, merchant stranger, St. Catherine Coleman, London, has a name that could be either English or North Germanic.

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