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The first family to use the name Lockhart lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as a nickname for a person who was brave. Lockhart is a nickname surname, 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 Lockhart comes from the words loc and hardy, which mean lock and brave or hardy.
The surname Lockhart was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where this distinguished family acquired the estates of Carnwath, Cleghorn, Birkhill, Kirktoun, and Leigh. The Lockharts of Leigh (Lee) trace their descent from Sir Simon Locard whose name some claim was derived from the territorial name "de Loch Ard." The family estate was centered at Lee Castle, originally built c. 1272 and was expanded in the 19th century. Sir Simon Locard accompanied Sir James Douglas on his expedition with the heart of Robert the Bruce, which after Douglas' death brought home from Spain and buried in Melrose Abbey. This incident was the reason of the Arms' "man's heart within a fetterlock."
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Lockhart has been written as Lockhart, Lockhard, Locard, Lockard, Lockheart and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockhart research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1689, 1658, 1646, 1658, 1674, 1621, 1675, 1652, 1630, 1689, 1685, 1686 and are included under the topic Early Lockhart History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lockhart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Lockhart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Lockhart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lockhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lockhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lockhart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Lockhart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Lockhart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Corda serata pando
Motto Translation: I lay open locked hearts.
The Lockhart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lockhart 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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