Last name origins & meanings:
- English and French: from a pet form (with the suffix
-ot) of the medieval personal name Herry, Harry
(a variant of Henry).
- Scottish: habitational name from a
place, as for example Heriot to the south of Edinburgh, named with
Middle English heriot, which denoted a piece of land restored
to the feudal lord on the death of its tenant. The Middle English word
is from Old English heregeatu, a compound of here ‘army’
+ geatu ‘equipment’, referring originally to military equipment
that was restored to the lord on the death of a vassal.
- English: habitational name from Herriard in Hampshire, which may have been
named as ‘army quarters’ (Old English here ‘army’ +
geard ‘enclosure’), or possibly from the Celtic terms
hyr ‘long’ + garth ‘ridge’.
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