Heardiker is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Hardacre, Clapham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Hearda,
and the Old English word æcer
or the Old Scandinavian word akr,
both of which mean "plot of cultivated land." The place-name as a whole means "Hearda's farmland." Another source claims the name was derived from the ancient Saxon word Hardgear
meaning "a strong spear," and in this case it would not have any relationship to farmland.
Early Origins of the Heardiker family
The surname Heardiker was first found in Staffordshire
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. The name is derived from the ancient Saxon "Hardgear" meaning "a strong spear" and does not have any relationship to farmland.
Early History of the Heardiker family
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Heardiker Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heardiker family name include Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
Early Notables of the Heardiker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heardiker family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heardiker surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779.