Harland Family History

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Harland Name Meaning

English (mainly northeastern): habitational name from any of various minor places (including perhaps some now lost) named from Old English har ‘gray’, hara ‘hare’, or hær ‘rock’, ‘tumulus’ + land ‘tract of land’, ‘estate’, ‘cultivated land’, notably Harland in Kirkbymoorside. North Yorkshire, which is named from hær + land. This surname has been present in northern Ireland since the 17th century. French (Normandy): nickname for someone given to stirring up trouble, from the present participle of medieval French hareler ‘to create a disturbance’.

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

Similar surnames: Garland, Marland, Darland, Hartland, Norland, Haaland, Varland

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Harland Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harland name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harland. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Harland Family Origin

Where is the Harland family from?

Harland Family Occupations

What did your Harland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Harland family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harland. The most common Harland occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Harland's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Harland ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Harland Historical Records

What Harland family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Harland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Harland. 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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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Harland. For the veterans among your Harland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harland Life Expectancy

What is the average Harland lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Harland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Harland in 1948 was 45, and 65 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harland ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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