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Where did the Scottish Harkins family come from? What is the Scottish Harkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harkins family history?The story of the Harkins family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Harkins was derived from Henry. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the diminutive Harry; it is a double diminutive of Harry in the form Har-kin.
Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Harkins has been spelled Harkin, Harken, Harkins, Hacon, Hakon, Haken and others.
First found in Norfolk, 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 Harkins research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Harkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Harkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Harkins:
Harkins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- James Harkins, who landed in America in 1801
- Dennis Harkins, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1824
- John Harkins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
- Patrick Harkins, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860
- Andrew, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Patrick and William Harkins all arrived in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1870
Harkins Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Harkins, aged 19, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1900
- Annie Harkins, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1904
- Anna Harkins, aged 21, who landed in America from Derry, in 1906
- Andrew Harkins, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Bathgate, Scotland, in 1913
- Annie Harkins, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1913
- William Draper Harkins (1873-1951), American nuclear chemist
- John Joseph "Pa" Harkins (1859-1940), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1884 to 1888
- General Paul Donal Harkins (1904-1984), American Deputy Chief of Staff to George S. Patton Jr during World War II
- Dwight “Red” Harkins (1915-1974), American businessman who founded Harkins Theatres, a movie theater chain in 1933
- Macall Harkins (b. 1986), American professional tennis player
- Patrick J. "Pat" Harkins (b. 1963), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 1st district (2007-)
- Matthew Harkins (1845-1921), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Providence (1887 to 1921)
- John Raymond Harkins (1932-1999), American stage, film, and television actor, active 1955 to 1996
- Gary Harkins (b. 1985), Scottish footballer
- Robert Pearson "Bert" Harkins (b. 1940), Scottish former motorcycle speedway rider
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The Harkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harkins 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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