The ancestors of the first families to use the name McHardy lived in ancient Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used 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 McHardy comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi,
which means brave.
Early Origins of the McHardy family
The surname McHardy 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 McHardy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHardy research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McHardy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McHardy Spelling Variations
In various documents McHardy has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.
Early Notables of the McHardy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McHardy family to Ireland
Some of the McHardy 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 McHardy family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McHardy family emigrate to North America:
McHardy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alexander McHardy, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1826 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
McHardy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John McHardy, aged 18, a baker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
Contemporary Notables of the name McHardy (post 1700)
- Peter McHardy, American politician, Mayor of Hibbing, Minnesota, 1905 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Iain William Thomson Duff McHardy (1913-2000), Scottish eminent Anglican priest, Dean of Moray, Ross and Caithness (1977-1980)
- Emmet Charles McHardy (1904-1933), New Zealand catholic missionary
- Major-General Alexander Anderson McHardy DSO (1868-1958), British first Colony Commissioner of the Boy Scout Association, Hong Kong Branch in 1914 and 1915
- Todd McHardy (b. 1977), former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne Football Club from 1995 to 1997