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. 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 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.

Important Dates for 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 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)

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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.

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

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 [1]
Hardings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nathaniel Hardings, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1817 [1]
  • Robert Hardings, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1819
  • George Hardings was a blacksmith in Collins Cove, Newfoundland in 1860 [1]
  • Richard Hardings, who settled in Little Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]

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  1. ^ 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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