Hardingham was first used as a name by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
. It was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding,
which meant hard. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Hardingham family
The surname Hardingham 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.
Early History of the Hardingham family
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Hardingham Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Hardingham include Harding, Hardinge and others.
Early Notables of the Hardingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardingham family to Ireland
Some of the Hardingham family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hardingham family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hardingham or a variant listed above, including:
Hardingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charlotte Hardingham, aged 27, who landed in America from Norwich, England., in 1912
- William Hardingham, aged 26, who landed in America from Norwich, England, in 1912
- Laurence Hardingham, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1920
- H. F. Hardingham, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Harold F. Hardingham, aged 20, who settled in America from London, England, in 1920
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Hardingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Harriet Hardingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STEBONHEATH 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stebonheath.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Hardingham (post 1700)
- David Hardingham (b. 1965), South African-born, British-based reform activist, aid organiser and entrepreneur
- Kyle Hardingham (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer