The Hards name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in two parishes near Canterbury referred to as Hardres.
Early Origins of the Hards family
The surname Hards 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 Hards family
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Hards Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hards has undergone many spelling variations
, including Hardress, Hardres, Hardresse, Hardrese, Harders and many more.
Early Notables of the Hards family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hards family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Hards, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASIATIC 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Asiatic.htm
- Henry Hards (aged 22), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
- John Hards (aged 21), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"