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

Hartless is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hartless has been recorded under many different variations, including Hartley, Hartly, Hartlay, Hartlaye, Hartlie, Hertley, Hertly, Hertlay, Hertelay, Hertheley, Hertleye, Hertlegh, Hartleigh and many more.

First found in Lancashire, 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 Hartless research. Another 369 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1273, 1327, 1379, 1621, and 1623 are included under the topic Early Hartless History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hartless family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hartless or a variant listed above:

Hartless Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richd Hartless, who landed in Virginia in 1662

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