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Where did the English Hardaker family come from? What is the English Hardaker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hardaker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hardaker family history?The name Hardaker has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Hardacre, Clapham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Hearda, and the Old English word ęcer or the Old Scandinavian word akr, both of which mean "plot of cultivated land." The place-name as a whole means "Hearda's farmland." A dinstinct derivation for the name has it coming from the ancient Saxon word Hardgear meaning "a strong spear," and in this case it would not have any relationship to farmland.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hardaker have been found, including Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
First found in Staffordshire 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. The name is derived from the ancient Saxon "Hardgear" meaning "a strong spear" and does not have any relationship to farmland.
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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hardaker, or a variant listed above: George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779.
The Hardaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardaker 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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