Hardinge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Viking settlers of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Hardinge. It was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding, which meant hard. 
"The Hardings in Anglo-Saxon Heardingas, in Old Norse Haddingjar were celebrated as an illustrious and heroic race. The late Lord Hardinge claimed to be descended from a Danish family settled near Derby. The Domesday forms are Harding, Hardingus, Hardinc and filius Harding. The soft sound given to the G, when the E final is employed, seems to be a modern affectation, quite unworthy of this sturdy old race." 
Early Origins of the Hardinge family
The surname Hardinge was first found in Bristol, where the first record of the family was Harding of Bristol (c.1048-1125), Sheriff Reeve of Bristol. He was the son of Eadnoth the Constable (died 1068), an Anglo-Saxon thane who served as steward to Edward the Confessor and Harold II. One of the Harding of Bristol's sons was Robert Fitzharding (c. 1095-1170), 1st feudal Baron of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, an Anglo-Saxon nobleman who was granted the feudal barony of Berkeley in Gloucestershire and was ancestor of the Berkeley family of Berkeley Castle.
The Latin form, Hardingus was recorded at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk c. 1095 and later as Ardinghus in Oxfordshire at Oseney in 1200. 
Harding or St. Stephen (d. 1134), was Abbot of Citeaux and was born of parents of good position at Sherborne in Dorsetshire, probably early in the second half of the eleventh century, and received his education in the monastery of his native place. "A desire to travel and to increase his learning took him first to Scotland and then to Paris. " 
Roger Harding was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1199 and Richard Harding was found in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1204. Back in Oxfordshire, Hugh Arding was listed at Oseney in 1244. 
John Hardyng (1378-1465?), was an early chronicler, born, according to his own account, in 1378, belonged to a northern family. "He was admitted at the age of twelve into the household of Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur), eldest son of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. From an early period Hardyng busied himself in investigations into the feudal relations of the English and Scottish crowns, and during the reign of Henry V visited Scotland with a view to procuring official documents to prove the subservience from the earliest times of Scotland to England. " 
An further investigation of early rolls revealed Hugh Harding in Cambridgeshire and Nicol Harding in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Johannes Hardyng; and Thomas Hardyng, 1379. 
Early History of the Hardinge family
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Hardinge Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Hardinge include Harding, Hardinge and others.
Early Notables of the Hardinge family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Thomas Harding (1516-1572), an English Roman Catholic priest and controversialist, born at Beckington, Somersetshire. 
Richard Hardinge (c.1593-1658), was a Groom to the Bedchamber to the then Prince of Wales; George Harding, 8th Baron Berkeley (1601-1658), was an English nobleman; and Thomas Harding, was a 16th century English religious dissident.
Thomas Harding (d. 1648), was an English historian...
Migration of the Hardinge family to Ireland
Some of the Hardinge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Hardinge name:
Hardinge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hardinge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hardinge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century