The roots of the Heardings name go back to the ancient Vikings
and their Old Norse language. Heardings 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 Heardings family
The surname Heardings 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 Heardings family
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Heardings Spelling Variations
are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Heardings has been spelled Harding, Hardinge and others.
Early Notables of the Heardings family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heardings family to Ireland
Some of the Heardings 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 Heardings family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
, those who remained loyal to England
traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan
societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Heardings: 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.