Hardeen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
As a surname, Hardeen is thought to be derived from the place named Harden in West Yorkshire. The place name in turn is derived from the Old English words "hara," or "hare," and "denu," or "valley." 
Early Origins of the Hardeen family
The surname Hardeen was first found in Roxburghshire where one of the first records of the name was "John de Hardene of the county of Roxburghe rendered homage [to King Edward I] in 1296."  In Scotland, the family claim Harden in Roxburghshire as their ancient homestead. Other early record list Ricaraus de Harden as selling a horse in 1312 and William of Harden was "custumar" of Dundee in 1359. 
Harden is a hamlet, in the parish of Bingley, union of Keighley, Upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 
One of the first records of the family was of Ricardus de Hareden who was listed in Wiltshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The "Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III" listed Henry de Hardene in Norfolk, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of Edward I's reign) and William de Hardene in Sussex.
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two listings of the family: Willelmus de Hardeyn; and Adam de Hardeyn. 
Early History of the Hardeen family
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Hardeen Spelling Variations
The name Hardeen, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Harden, Hardene, Hardin, Hardon and others.
Early Notables of the Hardeen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardeen family to Ireland
Some of the Hardeen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hardeen 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 Hardeen family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hardeen were William Hardin, who settled in Virginia in 1663; John Harden settled in Nevis in 1654; Thomas Harden settled in St. Christopher in 1635; John Hardon settled in Virginia in 1635..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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