Hardgrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hardgrave is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hardgrave family once lived in Hargrave, a place-name found in the counties of Cheshire, Northamptonshire, and Suffolk. There is also a Hargrave Hall in Cheshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements har, which meant "hare" or "on the border," and graf or græfe, which meant "grove." The place-name as a whole meant "grove filled with rabbits" or "grove on a border." 
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from a Saxon occupation, as "the provider or commissary of an army, from Here or Har, an army, and grave, a steward or disposer." 
"Hargreaves is an old Lancashire name. It is also common in the West Riding, particularly in the Leeds district. There are two Cheshire hamlets called Hargrave." 
Early Origins of the Hardgrave family
The surname Hardgrave was first found in Cheshire at Hargrave, which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Haregrave. The Domesday Book also lists Haragrauna in Suffolk and Haregrave in Northamptonshire. 
The first record of the family was Geoffrey de Haregrave who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in 1188.  A few years later, in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, John de Haregrave was listed as holding lands in Buckinghamshire at that time.
Later again, in East Cheshire in 1296, two records were found: William de Haregreve; and Richard de Haregreve. "The Hargreaves of Lancashire probably spring from Hargrave, Cheshire." 
The Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Henry de Hargreve in 1332.  This latter source notes that Hargreave Hall was located in Cheshire, but we can find no record of it today.
Important Dates for the Hardgrave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardgrave research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1332, 1486, 1499, 1541, 1529, 1690, 1741 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hardgrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hardgrave Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hardgrave family name include Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.
Early Notables of the Hardgrave family (pre 1700)
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Hardgrave migration to the United States
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hardgrave surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Hardgrave Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Izabell Hardgrave, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hardgrave (post 1700)
- Oliver L. Hardgrave (b. 1856), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Roatán, 1910-16 
- Eric Hardgrave (b. 1960), American former professional baseball player
- John Hardgrave (1826-1906), Irish-born, Australian politician, Alderman and Mayor of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Gary Douglas Hardgrave (b. 1960), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Moreton (1996-2007)
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