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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Hardiman. It was given to 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." 
The surname Hardiman 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. 'the servant of Hardy'."  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." 
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hardiman has appeared include Hardman, Hardeman, Hardyment, Hardymen, Hardiman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardiman research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1563 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Hardiman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardiman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hardiman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hardiman arrived in North America very early:
Hardiman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hardiman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hardiman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hardiman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Hardiman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardiman 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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