Harwardine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Harwardine was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Harwardine family lived in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden.

Early Origins of the Harwardine family

The surname Harwardine was first found in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden, a small village near the border of Cheshire and Wales. Legend has it that in the Church a statue of the Virgin Mary fell in 946, killing the wife of the Governor of the Castle. The statue was put on trial and condemned to death by drowning. The statue floated up the River Dee and washed up at Chester. Hawarden Castle, built much later, after the Hawardens had left, was occupied during the 19th century by William Gladstone, Prime Minister of England.

Important Dates for the Harwardine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwardine research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1574, 1662 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Harwardine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harwardine Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Harwardine has been recorded under many different variations, including Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.

Early Notables of the Harwardine family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harwardine family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Harwardines were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.

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