Hardage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Hardage is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived 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 Hardage family
The surname Hardage 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 Hardage family
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Hardage Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hardage were recorded, including Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
Early Notables of the Hardage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardage family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hardage family emigrate to North America: George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hardage (post 1700) +
- Sam Hardage, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 
- Mitchell Hardage, American cinematographer and editor, known for The Facebook Book (2014), Serenade (2015) and Frame
- Phil Hardage, American Directors Guild of America Award winning assistant director, known for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), The Notebook (2004) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
- Louis Woolford "Lewie" Hardage (1891-1973), American college football player and college football and baseball coach
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