Harkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Harkins is an anglicized form of the Patronymic Irish surname "O hEarcain," which is derived from the word "earc," meaning "red." Thus, the surname would have originally been born by a "descendant of Red."

Early Origins of the Harkins family

The surname Harkins was first found in at Inishowen, in County Donegal where members of the family were erenaghs of Clonska, a parish near Malin Head. They are mentioned as such in Bishop Montgomery's diocesan survey of 1606. Danieal O'Harcan died in 1581 as a Catholic martyr in Ulster.

Early History of the Harkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harkins research. Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1780, 1814, and 1830 are included under the topic Early Harkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harkins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harkin, Harkan, O'Harkin, ÓhEarcáin and others.

Early Notables of the Harkins family (pre 1700)

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United States Harkins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Harkins, who landed in America in 1801 [1]
  • Dennis Harkins, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [1]
  • John Harkins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [1]
  • Patrick Harkins, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [1]
  • Andrew, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Patrick and William Harkins all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Harkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Harkins, aged 19, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1900
  • Annie Harkins, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1904
  • Anna Harkins, aged 21, who landed in America from Derry, in 1906
  • Andrew Harkins, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Bathgate, Scotland, in 1913
  • Annie Harkins, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Harkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Walter Harkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Harkins Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Anna Harkins, aged 4, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1911

Australia Harkins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dominick Harkins, British convict who was convicted in Jamaica for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Harkins, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Neil Harkins, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Harkins, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Harkins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Harkins, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Harkins (post 1700) +

  • Lida E. Harkins, American former politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1989-2011
  • George W. Harkins (1810-1861), American attorney and chief of the Choctaw tribe during the Indian removals
  • Todd Michael Harkins (b. 1968), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Brett Alan Harkins (b. 1970), retired American professional NHL ice hockey left winger who played from 1993 to 2008, younger brother of Todd Harkins
  • John Raymond Harkins (1932-1999), American stage, film, and television actor, active 1955 to 1996
  • Matthew Harkins (1845-1921), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Providence (1887 to 1921)
  • Patrick J. "Pat" Harkins (b. 1963), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 1st district (2007-)
  • Macall Harkins (b. 1986), American professional tennis player
  • Dwight “Red” Harkins (1915-1974), American businessman who founded Harkins Theatres, a movie theater chain in 1933
  • John Joseph "Pa" Harkins (1859-1940), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1884 to 1888
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa


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