Harton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As a surname, Harton 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Harton family

The surname Harton was first found in Roxburghshire where one of the first records of the name was "John de Hardene of the county of Roxburghe rendered homage [to King Edward I] in 1296." [2] In Scotland, the family claim Harden in Roxburghshire as their ancient homestead. Other early record list Ricaraus de Harden as selling a horse in 1312 and William of Harden was "custumar" of Dundee in 1359. [2]

Harden is a hamlet, in the parish of Bingley, union of Keighley, Upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [3]

One of the first records of the family was of Ricardus de Hareden who was listed in Wiltshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The "Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III" listed Henry de Hardene in Norfolk, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of Edward I's reign) and William de Hardene in Sussex.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two listings of the family: Willelmus de Hardeyn; and Adam de Hardeyn. [4]

Early History of the Harton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harton research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1512 and are included under the topic Early Harton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harton Spelling Variations

The name, Harton, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Harden, Hardene, Hardin, Hardon and others.

Early Notables of the Harton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Harton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Harton family to Ireland

Some of the Harton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Harton migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Harton surname who came to North America were:

Harton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Harton, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [5]
Harton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Harton, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • Thomas Harton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [5]
Harton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George M Harton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [5]
  • James Harton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [5]

Australia Harton migration to Australia +

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

Harton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • M. Griffin Harton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [6]

New Zealand Harton 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:

Harton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Harton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Kenilworth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd May 1857 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harton (post 1700) +

  • Frederic Percy Harton (1889-1958), English academic, Dean of Wells (1951–1958)


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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