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Where did the Scottish Harkness family come from? When did the Harkness family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harkness family history?In ancient Scotland, Harkness was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Dumfries. Some believe that the surname Harkness is derived from the Old English words here, which means army, and næss, which means headland or cape.
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Harkness has been spelled Harkness, Harkniss, Harckness, Hackness, Herkness and many more.
First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harkness research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harkness History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Harkness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Harkness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:
Harkness Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Harkness Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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