The surname of HARDING was a baptismal name 'the son of Hardinge' an ancient, although now forgotten personal name. Early records of the name mention Hardingus (without surname) who was documented in County Suffolk in the year 1095. Saint Stephen Harding (died 1134) was the English churchman, born in Sherborne, County Dorset. He was the co-founder, and from 1109 to 1033, the third abbot of the monastery of Citeaux, south of Dijon, and he endeavoured to restore the Cistercian rule to its original simplicity. John Harding, was recorded in County Cambridge in the year of 1173. Nicholas filius Harding was listed during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189). Richard Harding was recorded in Northumberland in the year 1199. Johannes Hardinge of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) was the 29th President of the U.S. Families of this name settled in Tipperary and adjoining countries in the 17th century. Others of pre-Cromwellian origin came to Ireland as early as the 15th century. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Arms granted to Robert Harding, Treasurer's Remembrancer in
Ireland in 1655.
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