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Harle Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Harle blazon is the piles. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

The pile was originally quite a simple shape, being a triangle reaching from the top of the shield down to a point near the lower centre 6. A clear example being that of CHANDOS awarded in 1337, Or a pile gules. There is some argument as to the origin, Wade suggests some similarity with the meaning of “pile” in construction (a foundation) and hence that the shape could be adopted by those who have demonstrated some ability in the building trade 7. An earlier writer, Guillim, perhaps more plausibly suggested that the shape echoes those of a pennant or triangular flag 8 The shape is quite distinctive however and became popular, leading to many embellishments to distinguish it from its close fellows, with multiple piles meeting at various points, starting from various edges and with additional decoration, leading to potentially quite complex descriptions!

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Harle Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Harle Origin:


Origins of Harle:

This name shows a British status of nobility (in the Middle Ages usually used as a similar of the Norman Count). Noble names for example King, Baron, Champion, Lord, etc., were formerly given as a nickname either to one who played such a part in an old play or exhibition or to a servant who worked in a noble household. This name acquires from the Old English pre 7th Century "eorl" which means "earl, king" and first noted towards the end of the 11th Century. In December 1679, one Thomas Earl recorded as a landowner in the church of Christchurch, Barbados. In the new phrase, the name has ten spelling variations containing as Earl(e), Hurl(l), Harle, Hearl(e) and Hurle(s).


More common variations are: Harley, Hearle, Harloe, Harale, Haerle, Harole, Harlee, Harlea, Harlie, Harlei.


The origins of the surname Harle appeared in Cheshire where people held a family seat from old times. Someone say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Lefuin Eorl, dated about 1095, in the "Records of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds". It was during the time of King William II who was known to be the “Rufus," dated 1087-1100. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Harle had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Harle landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Harle who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included James Harle, who landed in Maryland in 1673. John Harle, who came to Virginia in 1696.

People with the surname Harle who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Hans Heinrich Harle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782.

The following century saw much more Harle surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Harle who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included August Harle at the age of 4, Catharina Harle at the age of 15, Gotlieb Harle at the age of 9, Louisa Harle at the age of 16 and Rosena Harle at the age of 46, all landed in Baltimore, Maryland in the same year 1847.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Harle: India 1,465; Germany 1,379; France 1,274; England 1,092; United States 950; Australia 286; South Africa 164; Canada 156; Scotland 98; Sweden 65.

Notable People:

John Harle was born in September in the year 1956, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is an English saxophonist, songwriter, director and record producer. In 1988, he won the Cannes Film Festival award for "Best Achievement in a Feature Film" along with co-writer Stanley Myers for the score of Prick Up Your Ears. Initially a clarinetist, Harle shifted to saxophone at 13 as a better mechanism for the expression he was trying to achieve. Following his education at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire, he began his job in 1982 in the band of writers Michael Nyman, expanding from there into scoring for film and television.

Daniel Eisner Harle is a British music maker and writer who records under the alias, Danny L Harle. He has published two singles through the London-based PC Music label and is a representative of Dux Content with A. G. Cook.

Michael James L. Harle was born in October 1972. He is an English football player.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: None. Blazon: Ar. three piles meeting in the base point sa.

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pile
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P48
  • 8 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P52