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Harvard Family History

Harvard Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Hereweard, composed of the elements here ‘army’ + weard ‘guard’, which was borne by an 11th-century thane of Lincolnshire, leader of resistance to the advancing Normans. The Old Norse cognate Hervarðr was also common and, particularly in the Danelaw, it may in part lie behind the surname. Welsh: variant of Havard.

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


Similar surnames: Harold, Harford, Haggard, Savard, Harland, Hansard, Hazard, Harward

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Where is the Harvard family from?

You can see how Harvard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harvard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harvard families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Harvard families living in Georgia. This was 100% of all the recorded Harvard's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Harvard families in 1840.
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What did your Harvard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harvard. 29% of Harvard men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Harvard women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harvard were Truck Driver and Secretary. .

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    22%
  • Teacher
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Secretary
    11%
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Passenger Lists

There are 599 immigration records available for the last name Harvard. 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 Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Harvard. For the veterans among your Harvard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harvard lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Harvard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harvard in 1952 was 46, and 80 in 2004.

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