The ancestors of the name Herdistay date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Herdistay family
The surname Herdistay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Herdistay family
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Herdistay Spelling Variations
Herdistay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Herdistay have been found, including Hardisty, Hardesty, Hardistry, Hardest and others.
Early Notables of the Herdistay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herdistay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Herdistays to arrive on North American shores: George Hardest, who sailed to Virginia in 1651 and John Hardisty to Maryland in 1813.