Hardiker is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hardiker family once lived in Hardacre, Clapham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Hearda,
and the Old English word æcer
or the Old Scandinavian word akr,
both of which mean "plot of cultivated land." The place-name as a whole means "Hearda's farmland." Another source claims the name was derived from the ancient Saxon word Hardgear
meaning "a strong spear," and in this case it would not have any relationship to farmland.
Early Origins of the Hardiker family
The surname Hardiker was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name is derived from the ancient Saxon "Hardgear" meaning "a strong spear" and does not have any relationship to farmland.
Early History of the Hardiker family
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Hardiker 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 Hardiker family name include Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
Early Notables of the Hardiker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardiker family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hardiker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Richard Hardiker, who landed in Canada in 1841