Hartland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hartland name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hartland was originally derived from a family having lived in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing.

Early Origins of the Hartland family

The surname Hartland was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hartland family

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Hartland Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hartland include Hartley, Hartly, Hartlay, Hartlaye, Hartlie, Hertley, Hertly, Hertlay, Hertelay, Hertheley, Hertleye, Hertlegh, Hartleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hartland family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hartland family to Ireland

Some of the Hartland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hartland migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hartland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Hartland, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [1]
Hartland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jerem Hartland, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]
Hartland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Hartland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]

Hartland migration to Australia

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

Hartland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Hartland 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:

Hartland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Hartland, aged 18, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Hartland (post 1700)

  • Shane Hartland Monahan (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter
  • Hartland de Montarville Molson OC OBE OQ (1907-2002), Canadian statesman, Canadian Senator and member of the Molson family of brewers
  • Hartland Brydges MacDougall (1876-1947), Canadian ice hockey player and businessman
  • Hartland Patrick Monahan (b. 1951), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player, father of baeball player Shane Monahan

Historic Events for the Hartland family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alfred J. Hartland, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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