Harniss is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived 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 Harniss family
The surname Harniss 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 Harniss family
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Harniss 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 Harniss 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. The variations of the name Harniss include: Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Harniss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harniss family to Ireland
Some of the Harniss 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 Harniss family to the New World and Oceana
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 Harniss or a variant listed above: 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..