Hardcastle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hardcastle family

The surname Hardcastle 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 Hardcastle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardcastle research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1655, 1662, 1665, 1666 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Hardcastle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardcastle Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Hardcastle occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Hardcastle, Harcastle, Hardcastell and others.

Early Notables of the Hardcastle 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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United States Hardcastle migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Hardcastle, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Hardcastle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hardcastle, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Mary Hardcastle, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [4]
  • Samuel and Elizabeth Hardcastle, who arrived in Maryland in 1774
Hardcastle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Capt. Hardcastle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • William Hardcastle, aged 50, who landed in New York in 1862 [4]

Canada Hardcastle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hardcastle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Hardcastle U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]

New Zealand Hardcastle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hardcastle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hardcastle, (b. 1818), aged 40, British labourer and mechanic travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Caroline Hardcastle, (b. 1825), aged 33, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [6]
  • Mr. John Hardcastle, (b. 1848), aged 10, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Hardcastle, (b. 1849), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Hardcastle, (b. 1851), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hardcastle (post 1700) +

  • W. A. C. Hardcastle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1888 [7]
  • Tina Hardcastle, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 1996 [7]
  • Richard L. Hardcastle, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 68th District; Elected 1998, 2000, 2002; Elected unopposed 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 [7]
  • R. E. Hardcastle, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1943-44 [7]
  • E. L. F. Hardcastle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1860 [7]
  • Martin Hardcastle Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Astrophysics Research at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Paul Hardcastle (b. 1957), English composer and musician specializing in the synthesizer
  • Joseph Hardcastle (1752-1818), English politician, one of the founders of the London Missionary Society
  • Edgar Richard "Hardy" Hardcastle (1900-1995), English theoretician of Marxist economics
  • Ms. Kate Emily Hardcastle M.B.E., British Founding Partner for Insight with Passion, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Business and Entrepreneurship [8]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hardcastle 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. ^ Lowe, 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)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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