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While the name Harrington is a well-known English name, people with this surname who claim Ireland as their homeland probably do so correctly. The Birth Registry of 1890 of families in Ulster that were of Scottish/English stock reveals no entries for the surname Harrington. Ancient records reveal that the name was originally O'Airchdain in Gaelic [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
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The surname Harrington was first found in south-west Cork and Kerry. There are numerous versions of the name in Gaelic including: O'Hungerdell, O hIongardail, O hOireachtaigh (found in County Galway and County Mayo), and O hArrachtain (found in the Tralee-Dingle area of Kerry). All have been Anglicized into Harrington or one of it's variants for record keeping. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harrington, Harington, Harraghtan, Hargadan and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrington research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1851 is included under the topic Early Harrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Harrington who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Harrington settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Elias Harrington settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elias Harrington, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Harrington, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
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Harrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Harrington, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1768

Harrington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Harrington, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1818
  • C. Harrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Michael Harrington, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • Bridget Harrington settled in Boston in 1850
  • Joseph Harrington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jabez Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johana Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Honors Harrington, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • John Harrington, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Reuben Harrington, who arrived in Canada in 1832
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Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss N Harrington, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Harrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Harrington, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • E. Harrington arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • James Harrington arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Amelia Harrington arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Eliza Harrington arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
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Harrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Harrington arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Nathaniel Harrington, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Eugene Harrington, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
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  • Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr. (1929-2016), known as Pat Harrington, Jr., an American Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award winning stage and television actor, best known for his role as "Schneider" on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time
  • Daniel Patrick Harrington Sr. (1901-1965), Canadian actor, father of American actor Pat Harrington, Jr
  • Edward Harrington (b. 1990), International Male Model
  • Daniel J. Harrington (1940-2014), American professor of New Testament and chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Ione F. Harrington, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952, 1960
  • Isaac R. Harrington, American politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1841-42; Postmaster at Buffalo, New York, 1849-51
  • J. A. Harrington, American politician, Mayor of Plano, Texas, 1919-20; Appointed 1919; Resigned 1920
  • James Harrington, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 9th District, 2000
  • James E. Harrington Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • James E. Harrington, American politician, Mayor of Brockton, Massachusetts, 2007
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Harrington Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Albert Frederick Harrington (1918-1941), Australian Acting Leading Seaman from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Henry Harrington (d. 1912), aged 37, American First Class passenger from Washington, D. C. who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Harrington-Heath Heritage: Ancestors and Descendants (1600-1984) of Oramel Warren Harrington and Martha C. Heath by Ruth Haddox Harrington.
  • The Ancestry of Marie Louise Harrington and Her Bagley Descendants by David Harrington Bagley.
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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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