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Where did the Scottish McHarg family come from? What is the Scottish McHarg family crest and coat of arms? When did the McHarg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McHarg family history?The name McHarg is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a brave person. This surname is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname McHarg comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi, which means brave.
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McHarg has appeared as Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHarg research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1643 are included under the topic Early McHarg History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McHarg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McHarg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McHarg or a variant listed above:
McHarg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The McHarg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McHarg 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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