Hardings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Hardings were Vikings who settled in ancient Scotland in the medieval period. Hardings was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding, which meant hard. [1]

"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." [2]

Early Origins of the Hardings family

The surname Hardings 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.

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. " [3]

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. " [3]

An 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. [4]

Early History of the Hardings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardings research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1048, 1125, 1134, 1378, 1465, 1415, 1516, 1572, 1593, 1658, 1601, 1658, 1648, 1610, 1622, 1648, 1641, 1618, 1634, 1638 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hardings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardings Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Hardings has appeared Harding, Hardinge and others.

Early Notables of the Hardings 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. [3] 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...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hardings family to Ireland

Some of the Hardings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hardings migration to the United States +

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Hardings family came to North America quite early:

Hardings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Hardings, who settled in Trinity in 1758
  • Martin Hardings owned property in Twillingate in 1768

Canada Hardings migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hardings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Hardings, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1763 [5]
Hardings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Hardings, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1817 [5]
  • Robert Hardings, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1819
  • George Hardings was a blacksmith in Collins Cove, Newfoundland in 1860 [5]
  • Richard Hardings, who settled in Little Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [5]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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