Hartnet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gaelic name used by the Hartnet family in ancient Ireland was O hAthairne, which is possibly derived from the word athardha, which means paternal. [1]

Early Origins of the Hartnet family

The surname Hartnet was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Hartnet family

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Hartnet Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hartnet family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Harney, Hartney, O'Harney, Hartney, Harnedy, Harnet, Harnett, Hartnet, Hartnett, Haherny and many more.

Early Notables of the Hartnet family (pre 1700)

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United States Hartnet migration to the United States +

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Hartnet:

Hartnet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hartnet, who settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1820
  • James Hartnet, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833

Australia Hartnet migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hartnet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hartnet, (Harett), (b. 1807), aged 24, Irish soldier who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life for assault, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Maurice Hartnet, (b. 1809), aged 29, Irish labourer who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 29th December 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  3. ^ Convict Records Australia (Retrieved on 18th March 2022, (retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone)


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