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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.

Harnett Early Origins



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.

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Harnett Spelling Variations


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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.

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Harnett Early History


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Harnett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harnett research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harnett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harnett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Harnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Garret Harnett, aged 56 who emigrated 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Harnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maurice Harnett, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harnett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harnett (post 1700)



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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The Harnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harnett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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