islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland
were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name McHardey was born there, as 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 McHardey comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the McHardey family
The surname McHardey 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 McHardey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHardey research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McHardey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McHardey Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of McHardey include Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the McHardey family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early McHardey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McHardey family to Ireland
Some of the McHardey 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 McHardey family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McHardey or a variant listed above: 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.