The name Harnois was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes 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 Harnois family
The surname Harnois 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 Harnois family
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Harnois Spelling Variations
Harnois has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Harnois have been found, including Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Harnois family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harnois family to Ireland
Some of the Harnois 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 Harnois family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Harnoiss to arrive on North American shores: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Harnois (post 1700)
- Frederick Louis Harnois (1872-1921), American architect and co-founder of Boal and Harnois, an architectural firm active from 1901 until 1907 in Colorado
- Elisabeth Rose Harnois (b. 1979), American actress, best known for her role as Morgan Brody in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Marlène Olivia Harnois (b. 1986), Canadian-born, French three-time gold and four-time bronze medalist taekwondo athlete