Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Arda is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in two parishes near Canterbury referred to as Hardres.
Early Origins of the Arda family
The surname Arda was first found in Kent
, where family members were Lords of the manor Lyminge. The earliest recorded ancestor is Robert de Hardres, who lived during the reigns of Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror. He held his lands from the Archbishop of Canterbury, which consisted of a church, a mill, and a fishery of forty eels, as recorded in the Domesday Book
. The family derived from Ardres in Picardy.
Early History of the Arda family
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Arda Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Arda has been spelled many different ways, including Hardress, Hardres, Hardresse, Hardrese, Harders and many more.
Early Notables of the Arda family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arda family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ardas to arrive in North America: Tryntie Harders, who sailed to New York in 1643; J.G. harder to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1808; and J.W. Harders, who settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1853..
Contemporary Notables of the name Arda (post 1700)
- Arda "Ard" Crawford Bowser (1899-1996), American professional NFL football player