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

As a surname, Hardin is thought to be derived from the place named Harden in West Yorkshire. The place name in turn is derived from the Old English words "hara," or "hare," and "denu," or "valley."

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The name, Hardin, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Harden, Hardene, Hardin, Hardon and others.

First found in Roxburghshire where one of the first records of the name was John de Hardene who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. Harden is a civil parish and village in West Yorkshire and an area north of Walsall.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardin research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1512 are included under the topic Early Hardin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hardin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Hardin surname who came to North America were:

Hardin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Hardin, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Win Hardin, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • William Hardin, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Hardin, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Will Hardin, aged 24, landed in Maryland in 1684

Hardin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jonathan Hardin, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Hardin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Hardin, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Hardin, who landed in Arkansas in 1877
  • Mike Hardin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1886

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  • John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895), American lawyer and outlaw sentenced 1877 to twenty-five years in prison for killing a sheriff, but was pardoned in 1894
  • Garrett James Hardin (1915-2003), American ecologist and author
  • Charles Henry Hardin (1820-1892), co-founder of Beta Theta Pi fraternity
  • Clifford M. Hardin (b. 1915), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Devon Hardin (b. 1976), American basketball player
  • Glenn Hardin (1910-1975), American Olympic athlete
  • Jim Hardin (1943-1991), American baseball player
  • Martin Davis Hardin (1837-1923), Union Army general in the American Civil War
  • Martin D. Hardin (1780-1823), U.S. Senator from Kentucky
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Oates Hardin (1894-1968), American Commanding Officer Central Pacific Wing, Air Transport Command (1945)


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  • Thomas and Polly Hardin and Their Descendants by Robert Allen Hardin.
  • Norris, Hackett, Prescott and Allied Families: Our Ancestors and Their Descendants, Including Adams, Andrews, Bachelder, Bartlett, Boulter, Brewer, Brown, Hinkley, Howard, Huntington et al by Hugh Albert Johns.
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  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Hardin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardin 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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