Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Harkyn family
The surname Harkyn 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 Harkyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harkyn research.Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1327, 1379 and are included under the topic Early Harkyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harkyn Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harkyn family name include Harkin, Harken, Harkins, Hacon, Hakon, Haken and many more.
Early Notables of the Harkyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harkyn family to Ireland
Some of the Harkyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 153 words (11 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 Harkyn family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Harkyn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Ann Harkin, who arrived in St. John, New Brunswick in 1833.