Show ContentsHardeman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Hardeman surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with a tough character or perhaps for a person who would be strenuous and complete in their endeavors. The name is derived from the Old English words heard, which meant hard, and mann, which meant man. In keeping with this meaning, Hardiman was the first practical powered exoskeleton, by General Electric in 1965. There is another explanation for the origin of the name; it could be occupational, and be derived from the Old English heord, which meant herd, and could refer to the occupation of cowherd or shepherd. The records of the name found in Lancashire seem to follow this form. This makes this name a good example of an English polygenetic name; that is, a name with more than one origin taken on by unrelated groups of people. And yet another source claims the name was a nickname for "a man of courage and bravery." [1]

Early Origins of the Hardeman family

The surname Hardeman was first found in Yorkshire where by far the most early records of the name was found. In this case, the "surname is derived from an occupation as in 'the servant of Hardy'." [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Henricus Hardyman; Radulfus Hardyman and Ricardus Hardyman. "Every town in Yorkshire has one or two Hardmans in its directory, which is the settled modern form." [2]

Early History of the Hardeman family

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Hardeman Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hardeman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hardeman include: Hardman, Hardeman, Hardyment, Hardymen, Hardiman and others.

Early Notables of the Hardeman family (pre 1700)

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Hardeman Ranking

In the United States, the name Hardeman is the 7,404th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Hardeman family to Ireland

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United States Hardeman migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hardeman or a variant listed above:

Hardeman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Israell Hardeman, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [4]

Australia Hardeman migration to Australia +

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

Hardeman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Hardeman, (b. 1821), aged 31, Cornish agricultural Labourer departing from Plymouth on 29th August 1852 aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th December 1852 [5]
  • Mrs. Sarah Hardeman, (b. 1818), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 29th August 1852 aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th December 1852 [5]

New Zealand Hardeman 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:

Hardeman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H Hardeman, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

West Indies Hardeman migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Hardeman Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Hardeman, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Hardeman (post 1700) +

  • Thomas W. Hardeman, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Covington, Kentucky, 1890-93 [7]
  • Thomas Jones Hardeman (1788-1854), American politician, Member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1837-39; Judge of Texas Republic, 1843; Member of Texas State Legislature, 1847-51 [7]
  • Thomas Hardeman Jr. (1825-1891), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1853-57, 1863-64, 1874; U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1859-61, 1883-85 [7]
  • Frank Hardeman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1916 [7]
  • Dorsey B. Hardeman, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1950 [7]
  • Ben Hardeman (b. 1903), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1962-69 [7]
  • Bailey Hardeman (1795-1836), American politician, Signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Texas Republic Secretary of the Treasury, 1836 [7]
  • Frank Hardeman Brumby (1874-1950), American four-star admiral in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Brumby (FF-1044)
  • Wiley Hardeman Post (1899-1935), American aviator, the first pilot to fly solo around the world who went on to publish the book, "Around the World in Eight Days"

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Chester D Hardeman (1964-1985), American Private from Dallas, Texas, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [8]

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  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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)
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  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from
  8. American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook