Harvard Family History

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Harvard Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Hereweard, composed of the elements here ‘army’ + weard ‘guard’, which was borne by an 11th-century thane of Lincolnshire, leader of resistance to the advancing Normans. The Old Norse cognate Hervarðr was also common and, particularly in the Danelaw, it may in part lie behind the surname. Welsh: variant of Havard.

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

Similar surnames: Harold, Harford, Haggard, Savard, Harland, Hansard, Hazard, Harward

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Harvard Family Origin

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Harvard Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Accountant and Wesleyan Minister were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harvard. A less common occupation for the Harvard family was Annuitant. The most common Harvard occupation in the UK was Farmer. 14% of Harvard's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Accountant

  • Wesleyan Minister

  • Annuitant


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Harvard Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 599 immigration records available for the last name Harvard. 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 Harvard. For the veterans among your Harvard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harvard Life Expectancy

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Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Harvard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harvard in 1952 was 46, and 80 in 2004.

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