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Harston Name Meaning

English (Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire): habitational name from Harston in Leicestershire from Old English hār ‘gray; boundary’ + stān ‘stone’. Some bearers may take their name from Harston in Cambridgeshire but it is unclear if this name has survived to the present day. The placename probably derives from an Old English personal name Herel (genitive Herles) + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’.

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

Similar surnames: Hurston, Harton, Easton, Marston, Haston, Thurston, Marton, Tarlton

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Where is the Harston family from?

You can see how Harston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 27 Harston families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Harston's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Harston families in 1911.
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What did your Harston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harston. 30% of Harston men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Harston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harston were Salesman and Laborer. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • House Work
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Harston. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Harston. For the veterans among your Harston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harston lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Harston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Harston in 1963 was 71, and 76 in 2004.

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