Hardee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name Hardee evolved there as a nickname for a brave person. This surname is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Hardee comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi, which means brave. [1]

Another source claims that the name was originally Norman as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Roger, Hunfrid, Robert and Nicholas Hardi in Normandy, 1180-1195. [2]

Early Origins of the Hardee family

The surname Hardee was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow.

"The home county of the MacHardies is the Highlands of Aberdeenshire and the immediate neighborhood north and south, but with some few unimportant exceptions they did not own land on Deeside. They were, however, numerous and influential. The Strathdon branch counted themselves of the Clan Chattan and followed Macintosh as their chief. Dr. Macbain suggested that the name came from Pictish Gartnaigh, pronounced Gratney, a well-known name of old in Mar. (There was an earl of Mar called Gartney or Gratney about 1300.) He thinks it was developed to MacCardney or MacCarday, and ultimately before 1587 to MacHardy." [3]

Further to the south in England, the root of the name was more often than not found. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Thomas Hardi (with no place of origin) and later, Thomas Hardy was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

"We learn from the Hundred Rolls that six centuries ago, Hardi or Hardy was also an east country name, occurring then in the counties of Norfolk, Beds, Cambridge, Hunts, etc. " [5]

Over in Ireland, "the ubiquitous English surname Hardy in Ireland often conceals an ancient Gaelic Irish name MacGiolla Deacair. Deacair is the Irish word for hard. The early Anglicized form of this name was Macgilledogher. This is now obsolete and in the absence of a reliable pedigree, or at least of a well established family tradition, it is not possible to distinguish between Hardys of English and Hardys of Irish origin. " [6]

The famous English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), hailed from Stinsford, Dorset, England where his father Thomas Hardy (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder.

Early History of the Hardee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardee research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1560, 1633, 1676, 1696, 1505, 1529, 1519, 1566, 1633, 1643, 1586, 1613, 1643, 1618, 1670, 1618, 1636, 1691, 1666, 1732, 1606, 1667, 1682, 1666, 1680, 1744, 1666, 1732, 1651, 1705, 1606, 1667, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hardee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardee Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Hardee has been spelled Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.

Early Notables of the Hardee family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Hardy (1618-1670), Dean of Rochester, son of Anthony Hardy of London, born in the Old Bailey, 14 Sept. 1618, and was baptised in the church of St. Martin's, Ludgate. [7] Samuel Hardy (1636-1691), English nonconformist minister, born at Frampton, Dorsetshire. [7] Sir Thomas Hardy (1666-1732), English vice-admiral, grandson of John Le Hardy (1606-1667), solicitor-general of Jersey, son of John Le...
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Ireland Migration of the Hardee family to Ireland

Some of the Hardee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hardee migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Hardee were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Hardee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Hardee, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701 [8]
Hardee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles B Hardee, aged 38, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1871 [8]
  • Mr. N. A. Hardee, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1894
Hardee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Hardee, aged 56, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1900
  • David R. Hardee, aged 22, who landed in America from Dundee, in 1903
  • Mrs. N.A. Hardee, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Maggie Hardee, aged 25, who settled in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1904
  • Mrs. William Hardee, who settled in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hardee migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hardee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hardee, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hardee (post 1700) +

  • Virginia J. Hardee, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [10]
  • Richard B. Hardee, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, 1968-70 [10]
  • Pat Hardee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956 [10]
  • Leilani Naniloa Hardee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008 [10]
  • Fred Hardee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 5th District, 2004 [10]
  • Enid Broward Hardee, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 1940 [10]
  • D. Christopher Hardee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [10]
  • Cary Augustus Hardee (1876-1957), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1915-17; Speaker of the Florida State House of Representatives, 1917; Governor of Florida, 1921-25 [10]
  • C. B. Hardee, American politician, Mayor of Irving, Texas, 1951-57 [10]
  • Betty Hardee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [10]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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