My Family Tree

The Harts

The Name "Hart"

The name Hart has many origins including English, Dutch, Flemish, German, Swedish, Polish, and Scottish. This last name was usually a nickname. It is medieval, and exemplifies that many early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given with reference to physical attributes and sometimes because of one's resemblance to an animal's appearance or characteristics. 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 humor of those times, the complete opposite!

My Family's Heritage

On my father's side, the name Hart came from the Polish name Harczynski. My great, great grandfather's name was John Harczynski. He was born in Poland and was full Polish. When he came over to America, he changed is name to "Hart" for reasons I am unsure of. One of his sons is Edward Thomas Hart, my great grandfather. He married Alfreda Xavier Wysocki, my great grandmother, who was also full Polish. She gave birth to Edward Peter Hart. Edward Peter, my grandfather, married Lucinda Wood, my grandmother. She then gave birth to my father, Edward Thomas Hart II. So, both of my grandparents on my father's side are Polish which I think is pretty cool. However, they are dead now so I can't really talk to them about anything.

Some of My Family Members

My Family Today

My father's side of the family, including my grandparents and great grandparents have always resided in Jacksonville, Onslow, North Carolina. Since they've died, their children have spread out, but all still live in North Carolina. To the right is a picture of all of them. My dad is farthest to the right.
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This is a picture of me and my three younger siblings: Daniel (left), Callie (middle), and Ryan (right).