As a surname, Hardon is thought to be derived from the place named Harden in West Yorkshire
. The place name in turn is derived from the Old English words "hara," or "hare," and "denu," or "valley."
Early Origins of the Hardon family
The surname Hardon was first found in Roxburghshire
where one of the first records of the name was John de Hardene who rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296. Harden is a civil parish and village in West Yorkshire
and an area north of Walsall.
Early History of the Hardon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardon research.Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1512 are included under the topic Early Hardon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hardon Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Hardon occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Harden, Hardene, Hardin, Hardon and others.
Early Notables of the Hardon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardon family to Ireland
Some of the Hardon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hardon family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Hardon, or a spelling variation of the surname include:
Hardon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Hardon, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- John Hardon, aged 27, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Hardon (post 1700)
- Helen Joyce "Joy" Hardon (1921-2016), Australian fencer in the women's individual foil event at the 1956 Summer Olympics