Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having 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 æcer 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.
Early Origins of the Hearticre family
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.
Early History of the Hearticre family
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Hearticre Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hearticre has been recorded under many different variations, including Hardacre, Hardaker, Hardiker, Handsacre, Handacre and others.
Early Notables of the Hearticre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hearticre family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hearticre or a variant listed above: George Hardacre, who arrived in Maine in 1779.
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