NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 24

HAIRSINE Another surname originating in the 17th century ‘French’ community of Sandtoft, Lincolnshire (see Beharrell, below). That is my opinion,though there are other possibilities. A Richard Harsand and his wife Alice were assessed for the Poll Tax at Bradfield in South Yorkshire in 1379. But is Harsand a more likely predecessor of Hairsine than the name ‘Herssin’ that occurs in the Stovin’s Sandtoft parish register extracts? The French pronunciation of the -in ending might lead to an English -ine ending; compare Dumoulin -> Dimaline from the same source.
Whether Harsand (or similar) or Herssin is the origin of Hairsine is of no consequence with regard to the meaning. Both names are likely to derive from the Old French male given name ‘Hersent’, which combines the Old Germanic words for ‘army’ and ‘truth’.
Pierre Gougler married Susanne Herssin at the French Protestant church of Sandtoft
in 1633.
The earliest Hairsine notice to date locates the surname at Eastrington, Yorkshire, in 1792. Eastrington is close to Sandtoft. The name appears in Hull when Gylby, son of Thomas and Mary Hairsine, was baptised at Holy Trinity church in October 1814.
This family may not have stayed in Hull; a Thomas Hairsine was schoolmaster at Nether Poppleton, near York, in 1823, and a Gylby Hairsine is on record in York in 1848.
James Hairsine was a farmer at Faxfleet, near South Cave, in 1823.
George Hairsine, victualler, was at the King’s Coffee House, High Street, Hull, in 1867 (Directory).
John Hairsine was a draper at 37 Hedon Road in 1892 (Directory).

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