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Where did the English Hardwicke family come from? What is the English Hardwicke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hardwicke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hardwicke family history?The ancestry of the name Hardwicke dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived 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.
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 Hardwicke have been found, including Hardwick, Hardwicke, Hartwick, Hartwicke and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardwicke research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1527 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Hardwicke History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hardwicke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Hardwicke, or a variant listed above:
Hardwicke Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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.
The Hardwicke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardwicke 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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