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Origins Available: French, Scottish

Where did the French Hardy family come from? What is the French 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?

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Hardy family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Hardy surname derives from the Old French word "hardi," in turn from the Germanic "hard," which meant "strong" and as such was a nickname for a courageous or strong person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hardy, Hardie and others.

First found in Guyenne, where the family was established in a village of Soustons, in Landes.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardy research. Another 142 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1604, 1632, 1650, 1678, 1748, 1762, 1797, 1802, 1811, 1823, 1829, 1840, 1893, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Hardy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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)
  • Linda Lucas Hardy (b. 1973), French actress and model
  • 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

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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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. 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.

This page was last modified on 14 April 2014 at 14:43.

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