Harnden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Harnden is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the village of Harrowden in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.
Early Origins of the Harnden family
The surname Harnden was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from ancient times. Harrowden is a one-street hamlet in Bedfordshire. Great Harrowden and Little Harrowden are parishes and villages in Northamptonshire that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where collectively they were known as Hargedone.  The place name literally means "hill of the heathen shrines or temples," from the Old English words "hearg" + "dun."  Ironically "Little" Harrowden has more inhabitants that "Great" Harroweden and that has been the case for more than 100 years. In the 15th century the manors of Great and Little Harrowden were held by Sir William Vaux who was slain at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Great Harrowden Hall was built between 1716 and 1719. The All Saints Church dates back to Norman times and is famous for its medieval Doom (painting.) There is also a brass to William Harrowden from the 16th century located there.
Early History of the Harnden family
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Harnden Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harnden were recorded, including Harraden, Harradine, Haridine, Harridine, Horoden, Harnden, Herndon and many more.
Early Notables of the Harnden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harnden family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Harnden family emigrate to North America: Edward Harraden, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1635; Jabez Harraden, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1836 and Alfred Harraden, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1845..
Contemporary Notables of the name Harnden (post 1700) +
- William F. Harnden (1812-1845), American founder of Harnden and Company, one of the first independent express companies in the United States
- Arthur Harold "Art" Harnden (1924-1948), American gold medalist 4x400 m relay runner at the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Harnden (1823-1900), American officer in the United States Army during the American Civil War
- Toby Harnden (b. 1966), English-born, American journalist and author, US Executive Editor of Mail Online
- W. W. Harnden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1900 
- Robert Harnden, American politician, U.S. Consul in Seville, 1919; Rosario, 1924-29; Gothenberg, 1932 
- Henry Harnden, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 2nd Wisconsin District, 1879 
- Ken Harnden (b. 1973), Zimbabwean hurdler
- Lt. Colonel Arthur Baker Harnden, who served with the British Royal Corps of Signals during World War II
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html