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

The history of the Hardwick family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Hardwick near Ashton-cum-Aughton in the county of Yorkshire. The name was originally derived from the Old English word heordewic, when translated refers to the person who dwelled near a sheep farm.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hardwick include Hardwick, Hardwicke, Hartwick, Hartwicke and others.

First found in Yorkshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardwick research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1527 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Hardwick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hardwick or a variant listed above:

Hardwick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Hardwick settled in Barbados in 1680
  • William Hardwick settled in Jamaica in 1685

Hardwick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mattys Hardwick, who landed in New York in 1709
  • William Hardwick settled in St. Christopher in 1716
  • John Peter Hardwick, who arrived in New England in 1752
  • James Hardwick, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Hardwick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Hardwick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Nicholas Hardwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • William Hardwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Robert Hardwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Henry Hardwick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873


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  • Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007), American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer
  • Chris Hardwick (b. 1971), American television actor
  • William Guy Hardwick (1910-1993), American politician, 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1955 to 1959
  • William Bruce "Billy" Hardwick (1941-2013), American right-handed ten-pin bowler, ranked No. 12 on the 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years"
  • John Hardwick (b. 1965), award-winning English television, film, and theatre director
  • Claire Elizabeth "Charlie" Hardwick (b. 1960), English actress
  • Philip Hardwick (1792-1870), English architect
  • Philip Charles Hardwick (1822-1892), English architect, son of the architect Philip Hardwick
  • Mr. Reginald Hardwick, aged 21, English Kitchen Porter from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11
  • Trisha Hardwick (b. 1949), award winning British artist

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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: Cavendo tutus
Motto Translation: Safe by being cautious.

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