The ancient Pictish-Scottish name Hagard comes from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt,
which means son of the priest. Patronymic
names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym
Hagard often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Hagard family
The surname Hagard was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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.
Early History of the Hagard family
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Hagard Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Hagard has been spelled Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.
Early Notables of the Hagard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hagard family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Hagard:
Hagard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Hagard, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1849
Hagard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Peter Hagard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
The Hagard Motto
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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.