Last name: Hart

Recorded in many spellings including Hart, Harte, Heart, Hart and Hartman (English), and Hart and Hartmann (German), de Herte (Flemish & Dutch), Hiorth and Hjorth (Swedish), this interesting surname was usually a nickname. It is medieval, and a good example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given with reference to physical attributes and sometimes supposed resemblance to an animal's appearance or disposition. In this case the derivation is from pre 7th century word "heorot", and as a nickname this would have been given to a fast runner, or perhaps, given the robust humour of those times, the complete reverse! Where the suffix -man(n) is used, this suggests that the name was occupational, and may mean the friend or servant of Hart. In England where the earliest of all surname recordings are to be found one Roger Hert appears in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in the year 1166, and Simon le Hert is noted in the tax rolls known as the 'Feet of Fines' for the county of Kent in 1194. In some cases the surname may be of Irish origin, and is derived from the Gaelic O' hAirt, composed of the elements O', meaning male descendant of, and "Art", a byname meaning hero. One of the earliest settlers in the New World was John Hart, who embarqued from the Port of London, aboard the ship "Phillip", bound for Virginia in June 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aelfric Hort, which was dated circa 1060, in the "Olde English Byname Register", Hampshire, during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Confessor", 1040 - 1066. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jim Hart
I think the text here overlooks the first Hart to sail from England to the New World, Henry Hart, who came to Jamestown in the 1620s. His son, Thomas, married the granddaughter of William Spencer, one of the original Jamestown colonists, and Ann Lightfoot Spencer. Henry was born in Scarning, Norfolk, England, in 1595.

Michelle Hart
Hi Jim! I have an uncle Jim who lives in upstate NY. My grandmother married into the family and she put together a book about our history. It goes pretty far back.

Kevin Hart
Could possibly write a book on this in Australia i'm related to the to Ned Kellie through his sisters relationship with Steve Hart i was born Delainey but ended up after my mothers maiden name of Hart through a process called deedplole by all accounts i'm english irish never really cared and i still don't . Just thought that this would be an interesting post?

donna hart
i have been looking up my ancestore but cant seem to get anywhere my dad had always beentold we were indian i dont know where he got that at im not finding it. i know my mom is scottish and irish her dads last name is cochran.

saphire hart
Sooooo cool I didn't know much but it ment a white stag

Sarah Hart
I think Hart came from hunting stags but I could be wrong. There were many early Scot-Irish who did more than just trade with native people, there's a few in my tree that I know of.

Jonathan Hart
fortis a fidelity

Francisco Fermín

I don't know what does it mean the surname Hart in english i sopouse that is deer, but im not agree about the opinion on this page that said hartmann, in german means the same, is different, it means firm, that its like my surname that exist in many european countries. Sound similar but its a different thing in english or german.

Dylan Hart

Mine is of Dutch origin. My grandfather came to the U.S. from Amsterdam. Any other Dutch Hart's out there?

david hart

my last name is hart.I dont know now much about my grand parents.my dad is from. mass and so is my mom.she is english,"last name is pease". ive seen that the name hart can be german,english,jewish and irish.how can i find out which one i am if not a mix of them?

todd hart

baltimore here