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Harker Name Meaning

English:: habitational name either from Harker (now Harkerside) in Grinton parish (North Yorkshire) of uncertain etymology or from Harker in Halsall parish (Lancashire) derived from Old English hār ‘hoar gray’ or Old English hara ‘hare’ + Old Norse kjarr ‘marsh overgrown with brushwood’. nickname for an eavesdropper or busybody from an agent derivative of Middle English herkien ‘to listen’. The name seems to be attested in southwestern England.

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


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

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Where is the Harker family from?

You can see how Harker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harker families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,255 Harker families living in Yorkshire. This was about 39% of all the recorded Harker's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Harker families in 1891.
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What did your Harker ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harker. 7% of Harker men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Harker women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harker were Farm Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Cotton Weaver
    5%
  • Farm Labourer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Harker. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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