Harkean History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Harkean family
The surname Harkean 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 Harkean family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harkean research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1327, 1379 and are included under the topic Early Harkean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harkean Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Harkean include Harkin, Harken, Harkins, Hacon, Hakon, Haken and many more.
Early Notables of the Harkean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harkean family to Ireland
Some of the Harkean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harkean family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harkean or a variant listed above: Ann Harkin, who arrived in St. John, New Brunswick in 1833.
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