The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides
islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland
west coast. The name Heardey began in this region; it was a nickname
for a brave person. This surname is a nickname
, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Heardey comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Heardey family
The surname Heardey was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, 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.
Early History of the Heardey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heardey research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Heardey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heardey Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Heardey has been spelled Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Heardey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heardey family to Ireland
Some of the Heardey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heardey family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Heardey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth Hardey settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1725; Robert Hardey settled in Maryland in 1774; John Hardy settled in Salem in 1630; Thomas Hardy settled in Virginia in 1642.