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Harrington Family History

Harrington Name Meaning
English: habitational name from places in Cumbria, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire. The first gets its name from Old English Haferingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with someone called Hæfer’, a byname meaning ‘he-goat’. The second probably meant ‘settlement (Old English tun) of someone called Hæring’. Alternatively, the first element may have been Old English hæring ‘stony place’ or haring ‘gray wood’. The last, recorded in Domesday Book as Arintone and in 1184 as Hederingeton, is most probably named with an unattested Old English personal name, Heathuhere.Irish (County Kerry and the West): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin ‘descendant of Arrachtán’, a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach ‘mighty’, ‘powerful’.Irish (County Kerry): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail, later Ó hUrdáil, ‘descendant of Iongardal’.Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOireachtaigh ‘descendant of Oireachtach’, a byname meaning ‘member of the assembly’ or ‘frequenting assemblies’.

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

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Name Distribution of Harrington Families

  • Number of Harrington families
     838 - 1,673
     280 - 837
     1 - 279
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Harrington families
     793 - 1,583
     265 - 792
     1 - 264
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Harrington families
     19 - 35
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Harrington Family Origin

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Harrington Immigration Information

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Harrington Family Occupations

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