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Where did the Scottish Hardings family come from? What is the Scottish Hardings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hardings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hardings family history?The first people to use the name Hardings were Vikings who settled in ancient Scotland in the medieval period. Hardings was a name for a hard working or arduous person, deriving its origin from name the Old French word hearding, which meant hard. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Hardings has appeared Harding, Hardinge and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardings research. Another 389 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1048, 1125, 1134, 1378, 1465, 1415, 1601, 1658, 1516 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Hardings History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hardings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Hardings family came to North America quite early:
Hardings Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Hardings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hardings Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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