Harnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the Harnett family in ancient Ireland was O hAthairne, which is possibly derived from the word athardha, which means paternal.
Early Origins of the Harnett family
The surname Harnett was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Important Dates for the Harnett family
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Harnett Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name Harnett family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Harney, Hartney, O'Harney, Hartney, Harnedy, Harnet, Harnett, Hartnet, Hartnett, Haherny and many more.
Early Notables of the Harnett family (pre 1700)
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Harnett migration to the United States
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Harnett or a variant listed above:
Harnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Harnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
- Edward Harnett, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1643 
- Martha Harnett, who landed in Maryland in 1675 
Harnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Bartholomew Harnett, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Virginia in 1734
Harnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maurice Harnett, who was naturalized in Madison County, Illinois in 1854
- Eliza Harnett, who was a passenger aboard the "SS Denmark," when it arrived in New York in 1868
- Eliza Harnett was a passenger aboard the SS Denmark, when it arrived in New York in 1868
Harnett migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Garret Harnett, aged 56 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 
Harnett migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Harnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Maurice Harnett, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
Contemporary Notables of the name Harnett (post 1700)
- William Michael Harnett (1848-1892), Irish-American painter whose still lifes of ordinary objects are painted in such a way that the painting can be mistaken for the objects themselves
- Cornelius Harnett (1723-1781), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1777 
- Bertram Harnett, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 10th District, 1968 
- Curtis Melvin "Curt" Harnett (b. 1965), Canadian racing cyclist, competed in four Olympic Games, winning three medals, one silver and two bronze
- Cynthia Harnett (1893-1981), English writer of children's historical fiction awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1951
- ^ 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)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 32)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html