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Harness is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the personal name Agnes,
which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne,
which means pure
The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei,
which means lamb of God.
The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.
The surname Harness was first found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire
from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book
as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book
was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Harness have been found, including Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harness research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1402 and 1384 are included under the topic Early Harness History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Harness family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Harness, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Harness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Harness, who arrived in Texas in 1835
- Wm Harness, who landed in Texas in 1835
- Nehemiah J Harness, who landed in Mississippi in 1875
Harness Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Christopher Harness, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Harness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Harness arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
- James Harness, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Barlow Harness, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Henry Harness, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
- Jane Harness, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
- Wetzel G. Harness, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1960
- Forest Arthur Harness (1895-1974), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1939-49; Defeated, 1948; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1948
- Forest Arthur Harness (1895-1974), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
- Charles Leonard Harness (1915-2005), American science fiction writer from Colorado City, Texas
- Peter Harness (b. 1976), English playwright, screenwriter and actor
- Wyn Harness (1960-2007), British journalist at The Independent from the newspaper's creation in 1986
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
The Harness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harness 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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