Harkless History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Harkless family
The surname Harkless was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Harkless family
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Harkless Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harkless has undergone many spelling variations, including Hargill, Harguil, Harckill, Harkil, Harhill, Harkle, Harckle, Harkell and many more.
Early Notables of the Harkless family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harkless family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harkless were among those contributors: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Harkless (post 1700)
- J. D. Harkless, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1912 
- F. M. Harkless, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1896 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html