The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Hertay is 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 Hertay comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the Hertay family
The surname Hertay 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 Hertay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hertay research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hertay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hertay Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Hertay has appeared as Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the Hertay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Hertay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hertay family to Ireland
Some of the Hertay 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 Hertay family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Hertay or a variant listed above include: 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.