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

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Hard Family Origin

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • School

    17%
  • Blacksmith

    6%
  • Laborer

    6%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hard family was Laborer. The most common Hard occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Hard's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hard.

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Between 1948 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hard

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