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Origins Available: French, Scottish
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Hardy family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Hardy surname derives from the Old French word "hardi," in turn from the Germanic "hard," which meant "strong" and as such was a nickname for a courageous or strong person.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hardy, Hardie and others.
First found in Guyenne, where the family was established in a village of Soustons, in Landes.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardy research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1604, 1632, 1650, 1678, 1748, 1762, 1797, 1802, 1811, 1823, 1829, 1840, 1893, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Hardy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hardy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Hardy, who landed in America in 1620
- John Hardy settled in Salem in 1630
- Nicholas Hardy, who landed in Maryland in 1633
- Richard Hardy, who landed in New England in 1639
- Thomas Hardy settled in Virginia in 1642
Hardy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Marie Hardy, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
- Henrietta Hardy, aged 9, arrived in Louisiana in 1797
Hardy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Hardy, who arrived in America in 1801
- Thomas Hardy, who arrived in America in 1804
- David Hardy, who landed in America in 1811
- George Hardy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Charles Hardy, aged 29, landed in Alexandria, Va in 1816
Hardy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Hardy, who landed in Montreal in 1653
- Jean Hardy, who married Marie Pairé in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec in 1669
Hardy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Michel Hardy, who married Marie-Judith Monet in Laprairie, Quebec in 1722
- Jean-Baptiste-Louis Hardy, who married Marie-Madeleine Bertrand in Cap-Santé, Quebec in 1736
- Josiah Hardy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Joseph Hardy, who married Agathe Bellemare in Yamachiche, Quebec in 1759
- Aaron Hardy, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
Hardy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Morris Hardy, who arrived in Canada in 1841
Hardy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Hardy, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Hardy, English convict from Sadberge, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- William Hardy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Alfred Hardy a surveyor, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
- Joseph Hardy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
Hardy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Peter Hardy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
- Mary Hardy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
- Jane Hardy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
- Robert Hardy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
- Daniel Hardy, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Miss Elsie Hardy, American 2nd Class passenger from Montclair, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Brigadier-General Rosswell Eric Hardy (1893-1961), American Deputy Chief of St. Louis Ordnance District (1941-1942)
- Brigadier-General David P. Hardy (1890-1957), American Deputy Commanding General XXXVI Corps (1945-1946)
- Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), American actor and larger half of the Laurel & Hardy team
- Joseph Hardy (b. 1929), American Tony Award-winning stage director, film director, television producer, and occasional performer
- Alexander Hardy (1847-1927), American Representative from Indiana
- Paul Jude Hardy (b. 1942), American lawyer and state government official, Baton Rouge, LA
- Jean Hardy, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
- Linda Lucas Hardy (b. 1973), French actress and model
- Mr. Henry Hardy (1920-1941), English Marine from Reddish, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- An American Family and Its Ancestors Predecessors: Back to Adam through Early American Immigrants of British Extraction According to Past and Present Records by Vivian Higgins Morse.
- The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest by David Lydall Hardee.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
- Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
- Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
The Hardy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardy 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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