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Where did the English Hardisty family come from? When did the Hardisty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hardisty family history?

The origins of the Hardisty name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hardisty was originally derived from a family having lived in the village of Hardisty Hill located in the parish of Fewston, in the county of Yorkshire. In it's Old English form this place-name was originally Hardolfsty with its origin in the name Hardulf.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hardisty include Hardisty, Hardesty, Hardistry, Hardest and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardisty research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Hardisty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardisty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hardisty Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Hardisty, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Hardisty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hardisty came to Maryland in 1813
  • John Hardisty, aged 40, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Wm. Hardisty, aged 71, who settled in America, in 1893

Hardisty Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Norman Hardisty, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Grasmere, England, in 1907
  • Mary Hardisty, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Grasmere, England, in 1912
  • Olive Brindley Hardisty, aged 49, who landed in America from Blackpool, England, in 1918
  • Woer Hardisty, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Amy Hardisty, aged 36, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1923


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  • John Roderick Elliot "Bob" Hardisty (1921-1986), English amateur footballer
  • Alan "Chuck" Hardisty, retired English professional rugby league footballer
  • Charles Henry Hardisty (1885-1968), English first-class cricketer
  • Richard Charles Hardisty (1831-1889), 19th century Canadian senator and son of the Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company
  • Huntington Hardisty (1929-2003), United States Navy four star admiral, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (1987 to 1988) and and Commander in chief, United States Pacific Command (USCINCPAC) (1988 to 1991)


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