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The ancestors of the name Hardacre date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Hardacre, Clapham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Hearda, and the Old English word ęcer or the Old Scandinavian word akr, both of which mean "plot of cultivated land." The place-name as a whole means "Hearda's farmland." Another source claims the name was derived from the ancient Saxon word Hardgear meaning "a strong spear," and in this case it would not have any relationship to farmland.

Hardacre Early Origins



The surname Hardacre was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name is derived from the ancient Saxon "Hardgear" meaning "a strong spear" and does not have any relationship to farmland.

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Hardacre Spelling Variations


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Hardacre Spelling Variations



Hardacre has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.

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Hardacre Early History


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Hardacre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardacre research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardacre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hardacre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hardacre Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hardacre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hardacres to arrive on North American shores:

Hardacre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Hardacre, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Hardacre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779

Hardacre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Hardacre, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hardacre (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hardacre (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey Hardacre MD, Professor of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical center
  • Richard Hardacre, Canadian actor
  • Chris Hardacre, Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen's University Belfast

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Hardacre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardacre 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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