I began my own family tree in 1998, with considerable help from Celia Heritage and John Heritage.
John ran a One-name study of the name until his death in March 2018.
I felt that I should continue his work, but was unable to gain access to his records.
Therefore I began my Heritage One-name study with my own records and gradually began to add names and families. I was helped by Graeme Heritage from Australia, Barry Heritage from England and
Brian Heritage from Canada giving me access to copies of their research.
This explains why Source descriptions vary as do the way in which Places are recorded.
The surname Heritage was mainly found in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. From there the family spread to London and other areas of the UK, USA, Canada and
For the meaning of the surname I quote from Celia Heritage's web site:
"My own surname, Heritage, is a good example. Most surname dictionaries define it as referring
to someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than holding land from the lord. Most give
its origin as ‘Old French’.
Yet there is no similar surname on the continent, which is strange. A more likely interpretation is
that it derives from the Old English word heretoga which originally meant a war leader, but by the time the surname evolved probably referred to a local community leader."
See her blog