The first family to use the name Herdey lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as a nickname
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 Herdey comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Herdey family
The surname Herdey 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 Herdey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herdey research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Herdey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herdey Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Herdey has been written as Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Herdey family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Herdey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Herdey family to Ireland
Some of the Herdey 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 Herdey family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.