The ancestry of the name Hardrass dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in two parishes near Canterbury referred to as Hardres.
Early Origins of the Hardrass family
The surname Hardrass was first found in Kent
, where family members were Lords of the manor Lyminge. The earliest recorded ancestor is Robert de Hardres, who lived during the reigns of Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror. He held his lands from the Archbishop of Canterbury, which consisted of a church, a mill, and a fishery of forty eels, as recorded in the Domesday Book
. The family derived from Ardres in Picardy.
Early History of the Hardrass family
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Hardrass 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 Hardrass have been found, including Hardress, Hardres, Hardresse, Hardrese, Harders and many more.
Early Notables of the Hardrass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hardrass family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hardrass, or a variant listed above: Tryntie Harders, who sailed to New York in 1643; J.G. harder to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1808; and J.W. Harders, who settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1853..