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 æcer
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.
Early Origins of the Hardacre family
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.
Early History of the Hardacre family
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Hardacre Spelling Variations
Hardacre has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Hardacre have been found, including Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
Early Notables of the Hardacre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardacre family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
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