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Herdestay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Herdestay is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Herdestay family once lived in the village of Hardisty Hill located in the parish of Fewston, in the county of Yorkshire. In it's Old English form this place-name was originally Hardolfsty with its origin in the name Hardulf.

Early Origins of the Herdestay family

The surname Herdestay was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Herdestay family

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Herdestay Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Herdestay family name include Hardisty, Hardesty, Hardistry, Hardest and others.

Early Notables of the Herdestay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Herdestay family to the New World and Oceana

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Herdestay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Hardest, who sailed to Virginia in 1651 and John Hardisty to Maryland in 1813.

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