Hackney Family History

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Hackney Name Meaning

habitational name from Hackney in Greater London, named from an Old English personal name Haca (genitive Hacan) + eg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in marshland’. from Middle English hakenei (Old French haquenée), an ambling horse, especially one considered suitable for women to ride; perhaps therefore a metonymic occupational name for a stablehand. This surname has also been found in Scotland since medieval times.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mackley, Hockley, Hanney, Hacker, Hackley, Shackley, Haney, Rackley

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Hackney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hackney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hackney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Hackney Family Origin

Where is the Hackney family from?

Hackney Family Occupations

What did your Hackney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hackney. A less common occupation for the Hackney family was Farmer. The most common Hackney occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Hackney's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hackney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hackney Historical Records

What Hackney family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Hackney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hackney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hackney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Hackney. For the veterans among your Hackney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hackney Life Expectancy

What is the average Hackney lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Hackney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hackney in 1945 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hackney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hackney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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