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Harrington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the three places called Harrington (Cumberland Lincolnshire Northamptonshire). The Cumberland placename derives from the Old English personal name Hæfer + Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Lincolnshire placename derives from the Old English personal name Hearra + Old English connective -ing- + tūn. The Northamptonshire derives from an Old English personal name Hǣthhere + Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. Compare Herendeen . Irish: adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin ‘descendant of Arrachtán’ a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach ‘mighty powerful’. Irish: in Kerry this name was adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail later Ó hUrdáil ‘descendant of Iongardal’ a personal name of uncertain origin. Irish: sometimes a variant of Harrity .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Barrington, Warrington, Carrington, Darrington, Farrington

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Where is the Harrington family from?

You can see how Harrington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harrington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harrington families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 264 Harrington families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Harrington's in USA. New York had the highest population of Harrington families in 1840.
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What did your Harrington ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harrington. 14% of Harrington men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Harrington women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harrington were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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There are 79,000 military records available for the last name Harrington. For the veterans among your Harrington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harrington lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harrington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harrington in 1942 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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