Harlan Family History

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Harlan Name Meaning

Northern Irish (of English origin): altered form of Harland 1.

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

Similar surnames: Harman, Herlan, Harland, Carlan, Hargan, Haran, Hartin, Hamlyn, Allan

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Harlan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harlan name?

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

Where is the Harlan family from?

Harlan Family Occupations

What did your Harlan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Genl Labr, House Painter Master and Joiner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harlan. A less common occupation for the Harlan family was Plumber. The most common Harlan occupation in the UK was Genl Labr. 25% of Harlan's were Genl Labrs.

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  • Genl Labr

  • House Painter Master

  • Joiner

  • Plumber


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

Harlan Historical Records

What Harlan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Harlan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harlancensus 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 Harlan. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Harlan. For the veterans among your Harlan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harlan Life Expectancy

What is the average Harlan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harlan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Harlan in 1940 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harlan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harlan 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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