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Harrington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the three places called Harrington (Cumberland Lincolnshire Northamptonshire). The Cumberland placename derives from the Old English personal name Hæfer + Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Lincolnshire placename derives from the Old English personal name Hearra + Old English connective -ing- + tūn. The Northamptonshire derives from an Old English personal name Hǣthhere + Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. Compare Herendeen . Irish: adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin ‘descendant of Arrachtán’ a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach ‘mighty powerful’. Irish: in Kerry this name was adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail later Ó hUrdáil ‘descendant of Iongardal’ a personal name of uncertain origin. Irish: sometimes a variant of Harrity .

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


Similar surnames: Barrington, Warrington, Carrington, Darrington, Farrington

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Where is the Harrington family from?

You can see how Harrington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harrington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harrington families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,583 Harrington families living in London. This was about 26% of all the recorded Harrington's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Harrington families in 1891.
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What did your Harrington 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 Harrington. 10% of Harrington men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Harrington women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harrington were Farmer and Domestic Servant. .

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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
    10%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Farmer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 59,000 immigration records available for the last name Harrington. 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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There are 79,000 military records available for the last name Harrington. For the veterans among your Harrington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harrington lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harrington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harrington in 1942 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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