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The name Heartacre is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family 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 ęcer 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.

Heartacre Early Origins



The surname Heartacre 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.

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Heartacre Spelling Variations


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Heartacre Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Heartacre are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Heartacre include: Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.

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Heartacre Early History


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Heartacre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heartacre research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heartacre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heartacre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heartacre Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heartacre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heartacre or a variant listed above: George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779.

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