Show ContentsLardner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name Lardner is derived from the French word "lardiner," who was an 'officer in charge of a larder', also 'the officer who superintended the pannage of hogs in the forest'. 1

Early Origins of the Lardner family

The surname Lardner was first found in Yorkshire, where Dauid Lardener, le Lardener, Lardiner was listed in the Pipe Rolls (1161-1181.) Later the Pipe Rolls included an entry for Thomas le Lardiner in 1193 in Surrey. 1

Davygate, established by the Norman kings of England was in the Forest of Galtres in the city of York. Its named after David Le Lardiner, whose father, John the Lardiner, was the Royal Lardiner (steward of the larder), for the Forest of Galtres, a title which became hereditary in the family.

Early History of the Lardner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lardner research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1193, 1653, 1684, 1700, 1701, 1740, 1768, 1769 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Lardner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lardner Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lardner include Lardner, Lardiner, Ladner, Lardnar, Lardaner, Lardinar and many more.

Early Notables of the Lardner family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Richard Lardner (1653-1740), an English independent minister

Ireland Migration of the Lardner family to Ireland

Some of the Lardner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Lardner migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Lardner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roger Lardner, who sailed to America in 1718
Lardner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Lardner to New York, NY in 1848
  • S B Lardner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 2
  • F S Lardner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 2
  • Captain Lardner, commanding the Union battleship "Susquehanna," was the senior officer in charge of the blockade of Charleston in 1861

New Zealand Lardner migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lardner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G D Lardner, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Lardner (post 1700) +

  • John Lardner (1912-1960), American sports writer
  • Ringgold Wilmer "Ring" Lardner Jr. (1915-2000), American journalist and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios during the Red Scare of the late 1940s and 1950s
  • Ringgold Wilmer "Ring" Lardner Sr. (1885-1933), American humorist and short-story writer
  • Rear Admiral James L. Lardner (1802-1881), American Civil War naval officer, eponym of the USS Lardner (DD-286), a Clemson-class destroyer and the USS Lardner (DD-487), a Gleaves-class destroyer
  • George Lardner, American prominent journalist
  • Kym Lardner (b. 1957), Australian children's author, illustrator, and storyteller
  • John Lardner (b. 1972), Scottish former professional snooker player
  • James Carrige Rushe Lardner (1879-1925), Irish Nationalist Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for North Monaghan (1907-1918)
  • Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), Irish scientific writer who edited the 133-volume Cabinet Cyclopædia
  • Webster Lardner Kitchell (1931-2009), Unitarian Universalist theologian and author

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William J Lardner, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking 3
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frederick Murray Lardner (d. 1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 4

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  4. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook