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Harlan Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several minor places called in Old English with hār ‘gray’ hara ‘hare’ or hær ‘rock tumulus’ + land ‘tract of land estate cultivated land’ notably Harland in Kirkbymoorside (North Yorkshire). This surname has also been present in northern Ireland (Armagh and Antrim) since the 17th century but is now rare in Britain.

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

Similar surnames: Harman, Herlan, Harland, Carlan, Hargan, Haran, Hartin, Hamlyn, Allan

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Where is the Harlan family from?

You can see how Harlan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harlan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harlan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Harlan families living in Ohio. This was about 23% of all the recorded Harlan's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Harlan families in 1840.
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What did your Harlan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harlan. 18% of Harlan men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Harlan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harlan were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Harlan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Harlan. For the veterans among your Harlan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harlan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harlan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Harlan in 1940 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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