This surname of HARIG was a Norman baptismal name 'the son of EIRIKR' (Eric). The name is also spelt HERTWIG, HERRICK, HERICK, ERIC and ERIG. The name arrived in England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the earliest of the name on record appears to be ERICH (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Siwate filius AORIC appears in London in 1198, and John EIRICH was recorded in Leicestershire in 1212. A later instance of the name includes Nicholas HEYRYCKE, who was documented in London in 1524. The English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was from the prosperous family of goldsmiths, who had a long association with the city of Leicestershire. There is a family tradition that they were of Scandinavian origin, descended from Eric the Forester, who settled in the city in the 11th century. The initial aspirate came into the name in the 16th century; the name of the poet's great-grandfather is recorded in the corporation books of the city of Leicester in 1511 as Thomas Ericke. Timothy Myron Herrick (1854-1929) was the American diplomat who was ambassador to France at the outbreak of the first world war and the only foreign diplomat to remain in Paris after the French government had moved to Bordeaux in September 1914. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. A notable member of the name was Oscar Wilhelm HERTWIG (1849-1922) the German zoologist, born in Friedberg, Hesse. He was professor at Jena and Berlin.
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