Harness Family History

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Harness Name Meaning

English: from a Norman personal name (Old German Arn(e)gis, Old French Erneïs, (H)ernaïs). English: occupational name for a maker of harness or suits of mail, from Middle English harnais ‘harness’ (Old French harneis ‘equipment’, ‘accoutrements (of a soldier or horse)’).

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

Similar surnames: Harkness, Barnes, Harnois, Garness, Harless, Haynes, Furness, Holness

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Harness Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harness name?

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

Where is the Harness family from?

Harness Family Occupations

What did your Harness ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Harness occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Harness's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harness. A less common occupation for the Harness family was Annuitant.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Harness Historical Records

What Harness family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Harness. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harness 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Harness. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Harness. For the veterans among your Harness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harness Life Expectancy

What is the average Harness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Harness in 1944 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harness

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harness 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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