The western seacoast of Scotland
and the rugged Hebrides
islands made up the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the ancestral home of the Heardy family. Heardy is a name 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 Heardy comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Heardy family
The surname Heardy 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 Heardy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heardy research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Heardy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heardy Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Heardy include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Heardy family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Heardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heardy family to Ireland
Some of the Heardy 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 Heardy family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Heardys to arrive in North America: 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.