Scotland's western coastal mountains and the desolate Hebrides
spawned the line of the Herdy family. The name Herdy was originally 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 Herdy comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Herdy family
The surname Herdy 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 Herdy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herdy research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Herdy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herdy Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Herdy has been spelled Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Herdy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herdy family to Ireland
Some of the Herdy 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 Herdy family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Herdy were among those contributors: 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.