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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 and holy. 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
Harness Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Harness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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