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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.

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The surname Hardy was first found in Guyenne, where the family was established in a village of Soustons, in Landes.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hardy, Hardie and others.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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Hardy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Morris Hardy, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Hardy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Hardy, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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
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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
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  • 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
  • Robin St. Clair Rimington Hardy (1929-2016), English author and film director
  • Philip "Phil" Hardy (b. 1973), English-born former Ireland under-21 footballer
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Hardy Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry F M Hardy (b. 1916), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick L Hardy, British Leading Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Henry Hardy (b. 1920), English Marine from Reddish, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Elsie Hardy, American 2nd Class passenger from Montclair, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John T. Hardy, aged 37, English Chief 2nd Class Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in callopsable D
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  • 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.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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