Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides
islands were the home of the first family to use the name McHarday. It was originally given to 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 McHarday comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the McHarday family
The surname McHarday 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 McHarday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHarday research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McHarday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McHarday Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of McHarday have been recorded over the years, including Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the McHarday family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McHarday family to Ireland
Some of the McHarday 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 McHarday family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McHardays to arrive on North American shores: 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.