Hardisty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hardisty has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Hardisty Hill located in the parish of Fewston, in the county of Yorkshire. In it's Old English form this place-name was originally Hardolfsty with its origin in the name Hardulf. "The Hardistys hail from the parish of Fewston, seven miles from Otley. The name is still familiar there, and Hardisty Hill is a spot there. The Hardistys (chiefly farmers) have probably not moved from their home for six centuries." [1]

Early Origins of the Hardisty family

The surname Hardisty was first found in Yorkshire, where the first record was of John de Hardolfsty who was listed as a Freeman of York in 1379. Later, William Hardosty was listed as a freeman in 1450 and John Hardesty was later listed as freeman in 1659. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include entries for Johannes de Hardolfsty and Stephanus de Hardolfsty. "These instances come from Timble Great (Villa de Tymble), a village in the parish of Fewston. The little stock has ramified well. Many of our largest represented surnames hail from a single pair located in a small spot. A large family of boys, who marry, and beget boys, soon sets the ball rolling." [1]

Early History of the Hardisty family

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Hardisty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hardisty have been found, including Hardisty, Hardesty, Hardistry, Hardest and others.

Early Notables of the Hardisty family (pre 1700)

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United States Hardisty migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hardisty, or a variant listed above:

Hardisty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Hardisty, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [3]
Hardisty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hardisty, who settled in Maryland in 1813
  • John Hardisty, aged 40, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [3]
  • Wm. Hardisty, aged 71, who settled in America, in 1893
Hardisty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Norman Hardisty, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Grasmere, England, in 1907
  • Mary Hardisty, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Grasmere, England, in 1912
  • Olive Brindley Hardisty, aged 49, who landed in America from Blackpool, England, in 1918
  • Woer Hardisty, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Amy Hardisty, aged 36, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hardisty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hardisty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Percy F. Hardisty, aged 23, who settled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1910
  • Eliza Hardisty, aged 65, who immigrated to Edmonton, Canada, in 1917
  • Margaret Hardisty, aged 15, who immigrated to Edmonton, Canada, in 1917

Australia Hardisty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hardisty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hardisty, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Robert Hardisty, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Francis Hardisty, aged 30, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Hardisty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hardisty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Hardisty, (b. 1836), aged 22, English servant from Norfolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [6]
  • Mr. George William Hardisty, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [6]
  • Miss Ann R. Hardisty, (b. 1853), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hardisty (post 1700) +

  • Jean V. Hardisty (1945-2015), American political scientist and lesbian feminist activist
  • Charles Henry Hardisty (1885-1968), English first-class cricketer for Yorkshire County Cricket Club (1906-1909)
  • Alan "Chuck" Hardisty, retired English professional rugby league footballer
  • John Roderick Elliot "Bob" Hardisty (1921-1986), English amateur footballer
  • Huntington Hardisty (1929-2003), United States Navy four star admiral, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (1987 to 1988) and Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (USCINCPAC) (1988 to 1991)
  • Sarah Hardisty (1924-2014), Canadian Dene elder and quillworker
  • Richard Charles Hardisty (1831-1889), 19th century Canadian senator and son of the Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emerald-isle)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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