The surname Harenc is of English origin. It was an metonymic occupational name for a seller of the fish, middle English Herring ( Old English 'hoering, hering' ). A man usually works eight hours a day in order to make his living, sleeps and rests eight hours, and devotes the remaining eight hours to eating, minor chores and recreation, although a part of the latter may be taken up in travelling to and from work. Since man's work takes up such a large portion of his life it must be taken into consideration in any adequate system of identification; as it was for the surname Herring. The ordinary pursuits of the Middle Ages have become some of the most common surnames in the United States. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle, something of little value, a meaning which is clearly apparent in such medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as 'to like niether herring nor barrel', i. e. not to like something at all. The word nickname is derived from "an eke-name" or added name, and since surnames originated as added names for help in identification, all surnames are, in a sense, nicknames. The name dates back to the twelfth century were a Ralph Hareng is recorded in historical archives. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of a William Herring, formerly of Berkshire, England, who emigrated to America aboard the barque Adventure; he settled in Virginia. This name is the four-hundredth and fifty-ninth most common surname in America. ...
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Language of the text: English
Gules on a fesse argent a rose between two lion's rampant of the first.
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