Hardcastel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hardcastel family

The surname Hardcastel was first found in Yorkshire, but two noted authorities note that the name is probably derived from a geographical locality as in 'of Harden Castle.' "Must be, I think, a contraction of Harden Castle, the ancient residence of the Scotts of Harden, and a fine specimen to this day of a border fortress, in Roxburghshire." [1]

Bardsley agrees and adds "this is quite possible. It is found in Northumberland and Durham. I am strongly inclined to this view, but evidence is lacking, so far as my reading goes." [2]

Entries for the family are quite late. In the aforementioned Yorkshire, we found John Hardcastle registered there in the Subsidy Rolls of 1621 and later William Hardcastell in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1657. [3] Reaney claims the name is from Hardcastle in Bewerley in the West Riding of Yorkshire but we cannot confirm this claim. [3]

Early History of the Hardcastel family

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Hardcastel Spelling Variations

The name Hardcastel, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Hardcastle, Harcastle, Hardcastell and others.

Early Notables of the Hardcastel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Hardcastle (d. 1678?), ejected minister, born at Berwick-upon-Holm, where he received his education under Jackson, a learned divine. He graduated B.A. at St. John's College in 1655. In 1662 he held the vicarage of Bramley in Yorkshire, and was ejected by the Act of Nonconformity. He suffered frequent imprisonment for his nonconformity, or...
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Migration of the Hardcastel family

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Hardcastel family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hardcastel were Mathew Hardcastell who settled in Virginia in 1624; Samuel and Elizabeth Hardcastle arrived in Maryland in 1774; Mary Hardcastle arrived in Maryland in 1740..



The Hardcastel Motto +

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: Deus mihi munimen
Motto Translation: God is my fortress.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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