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Early Origins of the Harnet family

The surname Harnet was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat for many centuries and were recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken by King William, Duke of Normandy in 1086 A.D.

Early History of the Harnet family

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Harnet Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Harnet are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Harnet include: Harnett, Harnott, Arnold, Ernold, Arnot, Arnott, Aernold and many more.

Early Notables of the Harnet family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Harnet family to Ireland

Some of the Harnet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Harnet migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Harnet or a variant listed above:

Harnet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Harnet, who arrived in America in 1637
  • Edward Harnet, who landed in New England in 1637 [2]
  • Edward Harnet, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1640
Harnet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, Ann, John, Patrick and William Harnet all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Harnet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harnet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Harnet, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1817
  • James Harnet was a fisherman in Exploits, Newfoundland in 1821 [3]
  • William Harnet, who settled in Bonavista in 1832
  • John and Maurice Harnet, who settled in Lord's Cove, Newfoundand in 1871

Australia Harnet migration to Australia +

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

Harnet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Harnet, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. 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)
  3. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0 on Facebook