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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todd hart

baltimore here

david hart

my last name is hart.I dont know now much about my grand 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 can i find out which one i am if not a mix of them?

Dylan Hart

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

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.

Jonathan Hart
fortis a fidelity

Jerry Hart

Boldly and Faithfully

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.

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

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.


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?

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.

Jim Hart
Hi, Michelle. Sorry, but I am nowhere near upstate New York - I'm in North Carolina!

Allison hart

Im in new york too I always thought hart irish

James Hart

There were three primary Harts who are the progenitors of the Hart name in the New World. One was my ancestor Henry Hart, born in 1595, the first to come to the New World settling in Jamestown, VA in about 1620. Another was Deacon Stephen Hart who was born in 1602 and emigrated to New England around 1633. The third was John Hart, born about 1600 and emigrated to New York around 1630. While there were many, many people surnamed Hart who came later, these three probably account for over half the Harts in the United States.

James Hart

Michelle: It's likely that your line is descended from John Hart, who owned a large farm on Long Island in an area called Maspeth, in Queens.

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.

Jim - you are correct. I am the 13th generational descendant of Henry Hart and live in Nashville, TN. He arrived on the ship "Constance" in 1635. My particular line of descendants settled first in Surrey, VA then migrated to Edgecombe County, NC then into TN. Curious to know how you're aware of this fact?

Ben Hart
Joseph I would be interested in your genealogy. We have ours back to 1740 Va. Peter Hart and his brother James. My aunt wrote a book on our Harts 2400 pages 2 volumes.

Jim Hart
Joseph: I know this because I am a direct male-line descendant of Henry Hart. But he came to Jamestown earlier than 1635. There is a court document, dated 1627, in which one Caleb Page on his deathbed gives Henry years off on his indentured servitude. Henry patented his first land in 1635, but that would have been after he completed his indenture. There is mention of a Thomas Hart who came to Virginia on the Constance in 1635, and some people have inferred that this was Henry's son and that Henry came at the same time. But if that Thomas was Henry's son, then he would have been a son that Henry left behind in England while he established himself in the New World. Little is known about Henry's early life prior to his establishment of his own lands in 1635.

Jim Hart
Adding my line... Henry Hart (Scarning, Norwich, England, 1595-1648) Thomas Hart (Jamestown, 1635-1669: though I have an alternate theory) Henry Hart (Jamestown, 1662 - 1739) Joseph Hart (Surry, VA, 1698 - 1771: Moved to Edgecombe Co, NC) Henry Hart (Edgecombe, NC 1724 - 1785: Col in Rev. War) Richard Sessums Hart (Edgecombe, NC 1773 - 1817) Robert Degges Hart (Oxford, NC 1809-1873) Thomas Crawford Hart (Oxford, NC 1842-1926. Moved to Lenoir Co, NC) Isaac Taylor Hart (1878-1945) Willie Gardner Hart (1907-1957) Willie Gardner Hart, Jr. (1929-1986) Jim Hart - Me (1961-?)

Holley Hart
im a hart. My dad was a thomas hart jr. he served vietnam h& his father served wwII,sadly i know nothing of my geneology and would love to, but just dont know how. i was born & raised in Lynn, ma, i kbow my grandfathers family were from maine. other than that i know very little my uncle said we were derived england

aava hart
can not believe how many people have the same surname as me!!!!!!!

John Hart
Enlish-Irish is the most common origin. Not sure if the name is English. I think it is Celtic . The Celts lived in England before Ireland.

Peter Hart

I agree, English - Irish - Scottish, Hart -Heart of the tree, Hard, Strong, Stone, Rugged. Stout man.

@S C Harrison Perhaps because neither name has a Jewish origin? There are many names that have been tied into the Jewish lines once or twice but they were not originally Jewish. Hart is one of them. You might wish to cite your sources in future as that is really the only way to get someone to change their mind. That said, is apparently quite thorough. Please bear in mind that the earliest known written evidence of Hart is in fact Irish.

Tom Hart

Allison hart

Were are you from? My real father name was tom hart didnt no him

Tom Hart

Scotland. Jewish heritage.

S C Harrison
I have noticed on your website that no mention is ever made of the Jewish origin of some surnames. For example, the names Barnett and Hart. Is there a reason for this? Thank you