Harkan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Harkan family
The surname Harkan 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 Harkan family
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Harkan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harkan include Harkin, Harken, Harkins, Hacon, Hakon, Haken and many more.
Early Notables of the Harkan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harkan family to Ireland
Some of the Harkan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Harkan migration to Canada +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Harkan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Harkan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
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