Origin of the Name Hart
The ancient history of the name Hart
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Hart is a baptismal name meaning 'descendant of Art', a name of great antiquity. Variants include Harte, O'Hart, Hurt and Hurtt. This name is of Celtic origin and is found throughout England , Ireland , Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a John le Hert, of Kent, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Nichol Hart is recorded as being accused in the murder of Cardinal Beaton, Scotland , in 1546. An Amica le Hurt of County Oxfordshire was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the thirteenth century. The Irish O'Harts take their name from the O'hAirt Gaelic sept. They were of the Southern Ui Neill and were one of the Four Tribes of Tara. Their Chiefs were Lords of County Meath but were pushed westwards after the Anglo-Norman invasion, to the barony of Carbury in County Sligo. The adjacent Counties of Leitrim and Roscommon is their principal home in modern times.
The Hart coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hart descendants.