Heardingham was first used as a name by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
. 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 Heardingham family
The surname Heardingham 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 Heardingham family
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Heardingham Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Heardingham include Harding, Hardinge and others.
Early Notables of the Heardingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heardingham family to Ireland
Some of the Heardingham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 40 words (3 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 Heardingham family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Heardingham or a variant listed above, including: 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.