Show ContentsHardie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first families to use the name Hardie lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used 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 Hardie 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 Hardie family

The surname Hardie 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 Hundredorum Rolls that six centuries ago, Hardi or Hardy was also an east country name, occurring then in the counties of Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, 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 Hardie family

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Hardie Spelling Variations

In various documents Hardie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.

Early Notables of the Hardie family

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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Hardie Ranking

In the United States, the name Hardie is the 7,679th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8] However, in New Zealand, the name Hardie is ranked the 791st most popular surname with an estimated 919 people with that name. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Hardie family to Ireland

Some of the Hardie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hardie migration to the United States +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hardie family emigrate to North America:

Hardie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hardie, who landed in Maryland in 1641 [10]
Hardie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Hardie, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1771
Hardie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hardie, who landed in New York in 1825 [10]
  • James Hardie, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [10]
  • Robert Hardie, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [10]
  • John Hardie, who landed in Mississippi in 1847 [10]
  • George Hardie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hardie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hardie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Hardie U.E. who settled in Shefford Township, Eastern Townships [La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality], Quebec c. 1784 an associate of Capt. John Savage [11]
Hardie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • T Hardie, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Hardie migration to Australia +

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

Hardie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Hardie, aged 19, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [12]

New Zealand Hardie 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:

Hardie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hardie, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841 [13]
  • Mr. Robert Hardie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [14]
  • Henry Hardie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Isabella Hardie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Andrew Hardie, aged 22, a shepherd, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hardie (post 1700) +

  • Pinckney Hardie, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1833 [15]
  • Nita Hardie, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 46th District, 1966 [15]
  • Keith C. Hardie (b. 1910), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Jackson and Trempealeau counties, 1953-60; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1956 [15]
  • James Hardie, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928 (alternate), 1932, 1936 (alternate), 1940 [15]
  • Henry P. Hardie, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Anderson, Indiana, 1912-16 [15]
  • Louis Winfred "Lou" Hardie (1864-1929), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1884 to 1891
  • George Hardie (b. 1953), American former professional tennis player
  • Brevet Major General James Allen Hardie (1823-1876), American soldier during the American Civil War
  • Alexander S. "Alex" Hardie, Scottish professional footballer, active from 1925-1934
  • George Downie Blyth Crookston Hardie (1874-1937), Scottish Labour politician, Member of Parliament for Glasgow Springburn (1922–1931) and (1935-1937)
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Henry Hardie, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [16]
North Sea Flood
  • William Hardie, British worker aboard the ferry "Princess Victoria" killed in the North Sea Flood, a major storm surge in 1953

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  6. MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  11. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  12. South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved
  13. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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  16. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook