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

The first family to use the name Lockhart lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as a nickname for a person who was brave. Lockhart is a nickname surname, 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 Lockhart comes from the words loc and hardy, which mean lock and brave or hardy.

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Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Lockhart has been written as Lockhart, Lockhard, Locard, Lockard, Lockheart and many more.

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 this distinguished family acquired the estates of Carnwath, Cleghorn, Birkhill, Kirktoun, and Leigh. The Lockharts of Leigh (Lee) trace their descent from Sir Simon Locard whose name some claim was derived from the territorial name "de Loch Ard." The family estate was centered at Lee Castle, originally built c. 1272 and was expanded in the 19th century. Sir Simon Locard accompanied Sir James Douglas on his expedition with the heart of Robert the Bruce, which after Douglas' death brought home from Spain and buried in Melrose Abbey. This incident was the reason of the Arms' "man's heart within a fetterlock."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockhart research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1689, 1658, 1646, 1658, 1674, 1621, 1675, 1652, 1630, 1689, 1685, 1686 and are included under the topic Early Lockhart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lockhart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lockhart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Lockhart Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Gaven Lockhart settled in east New Jersey in 1685
  • Gaiven Lockhart, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Gavin Lockhart, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Gawen Lockhart, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Lockhart Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliz Lockhart, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Janet Lockhart, aged 16, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Betty Lockhart, aged 15, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Lockhart Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Lockhart, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Samuel Lockhart, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Margaret Lockhart, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Robert Lockhart settled in New York in 1820
  • Andrew Lockhart, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


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  • Frank Lockhart (1903-1928), American automobile racing driver
  • June Lockhart (b. 1925), American two-time Emmy Award nominee and a Tony Award winning actress, best known for her roles as the mothers on "Lassie" and "Lost in Space"
  • Paul Scott Lockhart (b. 1956), former NASA astronaut with over 27 days in space
  • Anne Lockhart (b. 1953), born Anne Kathleen Maloney, American actress, daughter of actress June Lockhart
  • Keith Lockhart (b. 1959), American orchestral conductor
  • Calvin Lockhart (1934-2007), born Bert Cooper, a Bahamian-American actor on stage and in film
  • Jackie Lockhart (b. 1965), Scottish curler
  • John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Scottish writer and editor
  • James Lockhart of Lee and Carnwath (1727-1790), Count Lockhart-Wischeart of the Holy Roman Empirewas a Scottish aristocrat
  • William Ewart Lockhart (1846-1900), Scottish Victorian painter

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  • A Lockhart Family in America by Anna May Cochrane Gregath.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Corda serata pando
Motto Translation: I lay open locked hearts.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Lockhart
Flockhard, Flockharde, Flockhart, Flockharte, Flockheard, Flockhearde, Flockheart, Flockherd, Flockhert, Flockhord, Locard, Locarde, Locart, Locarte, Loceard, Locearde, Loceart, Locerd, Locert, Lochard, Locharde, Lochart, Locharte, Locheard, Lochearde, Locheart, Locherd, Lochert, Lochord, Lockard, Lockarde, Lockart, Lockarte, Lockeard, Lockearde, Lockeart, Lockerd, Lockert, Lockhard, Lockharde, Lockhart, Lockharte, Lockheard, Lockhearde, Lockheart, Lockhearte, Lockheeard, Lockheearde, Lockheeart, Lockheerd and more.

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The Lockhart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lockhart 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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