Show ContentsLockard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Lockard is a nickname for a person who was brave. Lockard is a nickname surname, 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 Lockard comes from the words loc and hardy, which mean lock and brave or hardy.

Early Origins of the Lockard family

The surname Lockard 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 this distinguished family acquired the estates of Carnwath, Cleghorn, Birkhill, Kirktoun, and Leigh.

The Lockharts of Leigh [1] trace their descent from Sir Simon Locard whose name some claim was derived from the territorial name "de Loch Ard." The family estate was centered at Lee Castle, originally built c. 1272 and was expanded in the 19th century.

Sir Simon Locard accompanied Sir James Douglas on his expedition with the heart of Robert the Bruce, which after Douglas' death brought home from Spain and buried in Melrose Abbey. This incident was the reason of the Arms' "man's heart within a fetterlock."

The Flockhart variant occurs "as Fluckart in Edinburgh, 1679" and "Robert Flockhart, 'Daddy Flockhart' (1777-1857), [was] a street preacher in Edinburgh." [2]

Early History of the Lockard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockard research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1689, 1658, 1646, 1658, 1674, 1621, 1675, 1652, 1630, 1689, 1685, 1686 and are included under the topic Early Lockard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lockard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Lockard has appeared in various documents spelled Lockhart, Lockhard, Locard, Lockard, Lockheart and many more.

Early Notables of the Lockard family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was George Lockhart of Tarbrax (died 1658), Commissioner of Glasgow in the Parliament of Scotland (1646-1658); Sir James Lockhart of Lee (d. 1674), lord of the Court of Session, he held the judicial title Lord Lee; Sir William Lockhart of Lee (1621-1675)...
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Lockard Ranking

In the United States, the name Lockard is the 5,305th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Lockard family to Ireland

Some of the Lockard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Lockard migration to the United States +

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:

Lockard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Penelope Lockard, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [4]
Lockard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emily Lockard, aged 31, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1904
  • Arthur M. Lockard, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Elmer E. Lockard, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Nellie S. Lockard, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1914
  • William S. Lockard, aged 50, who immigrated to America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lockard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lockard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Lockard, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Lockard (post 1700) +

  • Hosea T. Lockard (1920-2011), American Criminal Court Judge in Tennessee
  • James Lockard, American Daytime Emmy Award nominated producer
  • Joseph L. Lockard, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts to warn of the first bombs that hit Pearl Harbor
  • Wendel P. Lockard, founder of Lockard Companies, Cedar Falls, IA

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Terence Godfrey Lockard (1922-1941), Australian Acting Signalman from Moonah, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [5]

The Lockard Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Corda serata pando
Motto Translation: I lay open locked hearts.

  1. Lee, Sir Stanley, Dictionary of National Biography. London: The MacMillan Company 1909. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook