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Where did the English Harden family come from? What is the English Harden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harden family history?

As a surname, Harden 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."

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Although the name, Harden, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Harden, Hardene, Hardin, Hardon and others.

First found in Roxburghshire where one of the first records of the name was John de Hardene who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. Harden is a civil parish and village in West Yorkshire and an area north of Walsall.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harden research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1512 are included under the topic Early Harden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Harden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Harden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Harden family name Harden, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Harden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Harden settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Ja Harden, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • John Harden settled in Nevis in 1654
  • Robert Harden, who arrived in Maryland in 1667

Harden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Harden, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Patrick Harden, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764

Harden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Elnr Harden, who arrived in America in 1805
  • William Harden, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1812
  • George Harden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Alexander Harden, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • Nathaniel P Harden, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Harden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Harden, aged 26, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • James Harden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • Patrick Harden, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Harden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Harden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Harden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

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  • Marcia Gay Harden (b. 1959), American Academy Award winning, Tony Award winning actress
  • Sir Arthur Harden (1865-1940), English chemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929
  • Lance-Corporal Henry Eric Harden (1912-1945), British Medic awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
  • James Harden (1916-2000), Northern Irish politician
  • Maximilian Harden (1861-1927), born Felix Ernst Witkowski, German journalist and editor
  • James Richard Harden (b. 1981), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mr. John T Harden, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Harden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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