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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: French, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Hardy family come from? What is the Scottish Hardy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hardy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hardy family history?

Originally, Hardy was a nickname for a brave person. This surname is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Hardy comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi, which means brave.

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Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Hardy has appeared in various documents spelled Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardy research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hardy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hardy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hardy, or a variant listed above:

Hardy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Hardy, who landed in America in 1620
  • John Hardy settled in Salem in 1630
  • Nicholas Hardy, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Richard Hardy, who landed in New England in 1639
  • Thomas Hardy settled in Virginia in 1642


Hardy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Marie Hardy, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Henrietta Hardy, aged 9, arrived in Louisiana in 1797

Hardy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Hardy, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Thomas Hardy, who arrived in America in 1804
  • David Hardy, who landed in America in 1811
  • George Hardy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Charles Hardy, aged 29, landed in Alexandria, Va in 1816


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  • Paul Jude Hardy (b. 1942), American lawyer and state government official, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Alexander Hardy (1847-1927), American Representative from Indiana
  • Joseph Hardy (b. 1929), American Tony Award-winning stage director, film director, television producer, and occasional performer
  • Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), American actor and larger half of the Laurel & Hardy team
  • Brigadier-General David P. Hardy (1890-1957), American Deputy Commanding General XXXVI Corps (1945-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Rosswell Eric Hardy (1893-1961), American Deputy Chief of St. Louis Ordnance District (1941-1942)
  • Georges Hardy (1884-1972), the director of education for the Academy of Alger
  • Marieke Josephine Hardy (b. 1976), Australian writer, broadcaster, television producer and former television actress
  • Sir William Bate Hardy (1864-1934), British biologist and food scientist
  • Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), English novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement

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  • An American Family and Its Ancestors Predecessors: Back to Adam through Early American Immigrants of British Extraction According to Past and Present Records by Vivian Higgins Morse.
  • The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest by David Lydall Hardee.
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  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The Hardy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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