Harnish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Harnish came from the personal name Agnes, which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne, which means pure and holy. 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 Harnish family
The surname Harnish 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.
Important Dates for the Harnish family
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Harnish Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harnish family name include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Harnish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harnish family to Ireland
Some of the Harnish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Harnish migration to the United States
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Harnish surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Harnish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Samuel Harnish, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766 
Harnish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Harnish, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
- Mr. A. C. Harnish, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1892
- Mrs. Harnish, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Harnish Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- F.C. Harnish, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1907
- Ora M. Harnish, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1912
- Sarah J. Harnish, aged 57, who immigrated to America, in 1914
- Howard Harnish, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1921
- Allen Harnish, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
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Harnish migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harnish Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Thomas Harnish, aged 23, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1917
- Eva Harnish, aged 22, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Harnish (post 1700)
- Verne Harnish, American author, consultant and entrepreneur
- Richard A. Harnish, USGS hydrologist, eponym of Harnish Creek, Antarctica
- Chandler Harnish (b. 1988), American college football quarterback
- Lloyd A. Harnish, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956, 1960; Presidential Elector for California, 1960 
- H. F. Harnish, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 7th District, 1923-24 
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