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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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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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'." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardiman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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

  • Dorothy Hardiman, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • Hannah Hardiman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683

Hardiman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Hardiman, who arrived in America in 1782
  • John Hardiman, who landed in Virginia in 1793

Hardiman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Hardiman, aged 23, arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1853
  • Timothy J Hardiman, who landed in Arkansas in 1860
  • Michael Hardiman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Hardiman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Hardiman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
  • Maria Hardiman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
  • Thomas Hardiman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
  • Emma Hardiman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
  • Elizabeth Hardiman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
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  • Thomas Joseph Hardiman (b. 1947), American handball player at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • William Clyde "Bill" Hardiman III, American politician, Member of the Michigan Senate (2003-2010)
  • Terrance L. Hardiman, United States Antarctic Research Program geomagnetist/seismologist at South Pole Station, 1965, eponym of Hardiman Peak, Antarctica
  • Eamon Hardiman (b. 1980), American writer and director, known for his work on Porkchop (2010), Porkchop 3D (2012) and Porkchop II: Rise of the Rind (2011)
  • Thomas Michael Hardiman (b. 1965), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2007-)
  • Francis X. Hardiman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1956
  • Dorothy Hardiman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000
  • Marie Hardiman (b. 1975), English bronze medalist competitive swimmer in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 1993 European Aquatics Championships
  • Alfred Frank Hardiman (1891-1949), English sculptor
  • Terrence Hardiman (b. 1937), English actor, best known for his starring role in The Demon Headmaster (1996-1998)
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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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