Harker Family History

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Harker Name Meaning

English (mainly northeastern England and West Yorkshire): habitational name from either of two places in Cumbria, or from one in the parish of Halsall, near Ormskirk, Lancashire. The Cumbrian places are probably named from Middle English hart ‘male deer’ + kerr ‘marshland’. The one in Lancashire has the same second element, while the first is probably Old English har ‘gray’ or hara ‘hare’. nickname for an eavesdropper or busybody, from an agent derivative of Middle English herkien ‘to listen’.

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

Similar surnames: Marker, Harder, Harmer, Harper, Barker, Hacker, Parker, Hawker

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Harker Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harker. 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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Harker Family Origin

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Harker Family Occupations

What did your Harker ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Harker occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Harker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Harker family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Lead Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harker.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Lead Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Harker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 79,000 census records available for the last name Harker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harker 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Harker. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Harker. For the veterans among your Harker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harker Life Expectancy

What is the average Harker lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Harker in 1944 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harker 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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