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Harkness Name Meaning

Scottish: apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name Hereca (a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here ‘army’) + Old English næss ‘headland’, ‘cape’. The surname is also established in northern Ireland, where it was taken in the 17th century by settlers from Dumfriesshire.

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


Similar surnames: Harness, Garness, Barsness, Barnes, Harker, Holness, Haynes, Harke

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Harkness Family Origin

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Harkness Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    3%
  • Ag. Lab.

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Annuitant

    2%

In 1881, labourer, Ag. Lab. and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harkness. The most common Harkness occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Harkness's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Harkness family was Annuitant.

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