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Where did the English Harker family come from? What is the English Harker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harker family history?

The ancestors of the Harker family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Oxfordshire. Their name, however, refers not to this location, but to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066: one of two towns, Harcourt, in Calvados, Normandy, or Harcourt in Eure, Normandy.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harker were recorded, including Harcourt, Harcutt, Harker, Harkett and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harker research. Another 214 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1714 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Harker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Harker arrived in North America very early:

Harker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Harker, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Willem Harker, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1640
  • Jno Harker, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Harker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Harker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Marg Harker, who landed in America in 1846
  • Lewis Harker, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1855

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  • Charles Garrison Harker (1837-1864), American brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Albert “Al” Harker (1910-2006), American soccer player
  • James "Wiley" Harker (1915-2007), American character actor
  • William "Billy" Harker (b. 1911), English professional association footballer
  • Edward "Ted" Harker, English footballer
  • Gordon Harker (1885-1967), English film actor
  • Susannah Harker (b. 1965), English film, television, and theatre actor
  • Caroline Harker (b. 1966), English stage and television actress
  • Alfred Harker FRS (1859-1939), English geologist
  • Fred Harker (1911-1999), English cricketer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Le bon temps viendra
Motto Translation: The prosperous time will come.

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The Harker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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