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Harlow Family History

Harlow Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Harlow (Essex) Harlow in Mayfield (Staffordshire) Great Harlow in Clapham (Yorkshire) Harlow Hill in Pannal (Yorkshire) or Harlow Hill in Ovingham (Northumberland). The Essex and Northumberland placenames probably derive from Old English here ‘army’ + hlāw ‘mound hill’. The other placenames probably derive from Old English hār ‘gray hoar’ + hlāw.

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


Similar surnames: Barlow, Sharlow, Harrow, Farlow, Harley, Harton, Harle, Callow

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Where is the Harlow family from?

You can see how Harlow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harlow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harlow families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 439 Harlow families living in Kent. This was about 25% of all the recorded Harlow's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Harlow families in 1891.
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What did your Harlow ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harlow. 9% of Harlow men worked as a Bricklayer and 72% of Harlow women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harlow were Incapacitated and Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Bricklayer
    9%
  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Incapacitated
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Harlow. For the veterans among your Harlow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harlow lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harlow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1954. The average life expectancy for Harlow in 1942 was 55, and 75 in 2004.

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