name Harnedge comes from the personal name Agnes,
which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne,
which means pure
The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei,
which means lamb of God.
The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.
Early Origins of the Harnedge family
The surname Harnedge was first found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire
from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book
as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book
was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Harnedge family
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Harnedge Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Harnedge has appeared include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Harnedge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harnedge family to Ireland
Some of the Harnedge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 79 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 Harnedge family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Harnedge arrived in North America very early: William Annis, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Thomas Anniss, aged 23, who settled there in 1683; as well as William Arness, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1685..