The Irish name Harts was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hAirt, which connotes a descendant of Art.
Early Origins of the Harts family
The surname Harts was first found in County Meath
(Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland
, in the province of Leinster
, where they were of the southern Ui Neill. Before the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century, their chiefs were known as the lords of Teffia.
Early History of the Harts family
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Harts Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Harts are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hart, O'Hart, Harte, MacArt, McArt, MacCart, McCart and many more.
Early Notables of the Harts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harts family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Harts or a variant listed above:
Harts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A F Harts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 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)
Harts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Harts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
The Harts Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortis et fideliter
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.