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Harkness Family History

Harkness Name Meaning

Scottish (Dumfriesshire and Lanarkshire): apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale Dumfriesshire with which the surname is connected in early records). 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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Where is the Harkness family from?

You can see how Harkness families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harkness family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harkness families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 141 Harkness families living in Durham. This was about 20% of all the recorded Harkness's in United Kingdom. Durham and 1 other county had the highest population of Harkness families in 1891.
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What did your Harkness 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 Harkness. 26% of Harkness men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Harkness women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harkness were Joiner 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
    26%
  • Iron Moulder
    8%
  • Insurance Agent
    6%
  • Joiner
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Harkness. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Harkness. For the veterans among your Harkness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harkness lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Harkness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Harkness in 1941 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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