Show ContentsTardy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Tardy family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Tardy surname derives from the Old French word "tardif," meaning "slow;" and as such was a nickname for a sluggish person.

Early Origins of the Tardy family

The surname Tardy was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where this eminent family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Bordesoulle.

"Guillotus Tardivel more than once appears in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of the end of the twelfth century." 1

Early History of the Tardy family

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Tardy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tardiff, Tardif, Turdif, Turdiff, Terdif and many more.

Early Notables of the Tardy family

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Tardy Ranking

In the United States, the name Tardy is the 16,709th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2 However, in France, the name Tardy is ranked the 482nd most popular surname with an estimated 9,287 people with that name. 3

United States Tardy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tardy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Gabriel Tardy, who landed in New York in 1798 4

Canada Tardy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tardy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. François Tardy, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 6th July 1678 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Tardy (post 1700) +

  • Mel A. Tardy, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 93rd District, 1978 6
  • Joshua A. Tardy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 2008 6

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  2. "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. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook