Harkley is an ancient Viking-Scottish name 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.
Early Origins of the Harkley family
The surname Harkley was 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.
Early History of the Harkley family
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Harkley Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Harkley include Harkin, Harken, Harkins, Hacon, Hakon, Haken and others.
Early Notables of the Harkley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harkley family to Ireland
Some of the Harkley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Harkley family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Harkley or a variant listed above, including: Daniel, James, John, Patrick, William Harkin arrived in Philadelphia from about 1800 to 1870; Andrew, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Patrick and William Harkins arrived in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1870..