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Harness Name Meaning

English: from a Norman personal name (Old German Arn(e)gis, Old French Erneïs, (H)ernaïs). English: occupational name for a maker of harness or suits of mail, from Middle English harnais ‘harness’ (Old French harneis ‘equipment’, ‘accoutrements (of a soldier or horse)’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Harkness, Barnes, Harnois, Garness, Harless, Haynes, Furness, Holness

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Where is the Harness family from?

You can see how Harness families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harness family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harness families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 14 Harness families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Harness's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Harness families in 1911.
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What did your Harness ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Harness. 43% of Harness men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Barber
  • Salesman
  • Blacksmith

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Harness. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harness census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Harness. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Harness. For the veterans among your Harness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Harness in 1944 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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