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Hardings Surname History



The Viking settlers of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Hardings. It was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding, which meant hard. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Early Origins of the Hardings family


The surname Hardings was first found in Bristol, where the first record of the family was Harding of Bristol (c.1048-1125), Sheriff Reeve of Bristol. He was the son of Eadnoth the Constable (died 1068), an Anglo-Saxon thane who served as steward to Edward the Confessor and Harold II. One of the Harding of Bristol's sons was Robert Fitzharding (c. 1095-1170), 1st feudal Baron of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, an Anglo-Saxon nobleman who was granted the feudal barony of Berkeley in Gloucestershire and was ancestor of the Berkeley family of Berkeley Castle.

Early History of the Hardings family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardings research.
Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1048, 1125, 1134, 1378, 1465, 1415, 1516, 1572, 1593, 1658, 1601, 1658 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hardings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardings Spelling Variations


Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Hardings include Harding, Hardinge and others.

Early Notables of the Hardings family (pre 1700)


Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hardings family to Ireland


Some of the Hardings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hardings family to the New World and Oceana


In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Hardings name:

Hardings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Hardings, who settled in Trinity in 1758
  • Martin Hardings owned property in Twillingate in 1768

Hardings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hardings, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Hardings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nathaniel Hardings, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1817 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Robert Hardings, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1819
  • George Hardings was a blacksmith in Collins Cove, Newfoundland in 1860 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Richard Hardings, who settled in Little Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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Citations


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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