McHarg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name McHarg is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish 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 McHarg comes from the Old French and Old English word hardi, which means brave. [1]

Another source claims that the name was originally Norman as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Roger, Hunfrid, Robert and Nicholas Hardi in Normandy, 1180-1195. [2]

Early Origins of the McHarg family

The surname McHarg 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.

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Thomas Hardi (with no place of origin) and later, Thomas Hardy was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [3]

"We learn from the Hundred Rolls that six centuries ago, Hardi or Hardy was also an east country name, occurring then in the counties of Norfolk, Beds, Cambridge, Hunts, etc. " [4]

Over in Ireland, "the ubiquitous English surname Hardy in Ireland often conceals an ancient Gaelic Irish name MacGiolla Deacair. Deacair is the Irish word for hard. The early Anglicized form of this name was Macgilledogher. This is now obsolete and in the absence of a reliable pedigree, or at least of a well established family tradition, it is not possible to distinguish between Hardys of English and Hardys of Irish origin. " [5]

The famous English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), hailed from Stinsford, Dorset, England where his father Thomas Hardy (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder.

Important Dates for the McHarg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHarg research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1505, 1529, 1519, 1566, 1633, 1643, 1586, 1613, 1643, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McHarg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McHarg Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McHarg has appeared as Hardy, Hardie, Hardey, MacHardy and others.

Early Notables of the McHarg family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McHarg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McHarg family to Ireland

Some of the McHarg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McHarg migration to the United States

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McHarg or a variant listed above:

McHarg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter McHarg, who landed in New York in 1774 [6]

McHarg migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McHarg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth McHarg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [7]
  • John McHarg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [7]
  • Mary McHarg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [7]
  • Sarah McHarg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [7]
  • Rosanna McHarg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McHarg (post 1700)

  • Alastair McHarg (b. 1944), Scottish rugby player
  • Scott McHarg (b. 1974), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Ian L. McHarg (1920-2001), Scottish landscape architect and a renowned writer on regional planning
  • Marilyn McHarg, General Director of the Canadian section of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders, the world's leading independent medical humanitarian organization

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
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