History of your Surname
Get access to Hard family records.Start a free trial

Hard Family History

Hard Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Heard or a Norman cognate Hard(on), also of Germanic origin. This was a byname meaning ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’, but it also seems to have been used as a short form of the various compound names containing this as a first element. Occasionally this may also be a variant of Hardy. English, German, Dutch, and Swedish (Hård): nickname for a stern or severe man, from Middle English, Middle Low German hard, Middle Dutch hart, hert, Swedish hård ‘hard’, ‘inflexible’. The Swedish name was probably originally a soldier’s name. English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of particularly hard ground or one that was difficult to farm. Compare Hardacre. Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch harde, herde ‘herder’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hart, Hardt, Hare, Bard, Hand, Harp, Hardy, Yard, Herd, Hain

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Hard family from?

You can see how Hard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hard families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 219 Hard families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Hard's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hard families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Hard. 36% of Hard men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Hard women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hard were Fisherman and Operator.

View Census data for Hard | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
  • Clerk
  • Retired
  • Operator
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Hard family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Hard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Hard

Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Hard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Hard immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Hard. For the veterans among your Hard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Hard military records

You've only scratched the surface of Hard family history.

Discover More

What is the average Hard lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Hard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hard in 1948 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hard

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Hard family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial