A Viking family in ancient Scotland
was the first to use the name Heardinge. It was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding,
which meant hard. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Heardinge family
The surname Heardinge was first found in Bristol, where the first record of the family was Harding of Bristol (c.1048-1125), Sheriff Reeve of Bristol. He was the son of Eadnoth the Constable (died 1068), an Anglo-Saxon
thane who served as steward to Edward the Confessor and Harold II. One of the Harding of Bristol's sons was Robert Fitzharding (c.
1095-1170), 1st feudal Baron
of Berkeley, Gloucestershire
, an Anglo-Saxon
nobleman who was granted the feudal barony of Berkeley in Gloucestershire
and was ancestor of the Berkeley family of Berkeley Castle.
Early History of the Heardinge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heardinge research.Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1048, 1125, 1134, 1378, 1465, 1415, 1516, 1572, 1593, 1658, 1601, 1658 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Heardinge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heardinge Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations
, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Heardinge has been spelled Harding, Hardinge and others.
Early Notables of the Heardinge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heardinge family to Ireland
Some of the Heardinge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 86 words (6 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 Heardinge family to the New World and Oceana
The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Heardinge family relocated to North American shores quite early: Robert Harding who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1630; he was a Freeman and Captain of Artillery. In Newfoundland, William Harding, born in Bedford, England
. An alleged deserter from the Battle of Waterloo, he settled in Collins Cove in the 19th century.