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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Hardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Hardy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hardy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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