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Harden Name Meaning

English (mainly southeastern England): habitational name from Harden in West Yorkshire, which gets its name from Old English hara ‘hare’ or hær ‘rock’ + denu ‘valley’. Harden in Staffordshire, recorded in the Middle Ages as Haworthyn, Harwerthyn (from Old English heah ‘high’ + worðign ‘enclosure’), was probably not reduced to its modern form early enough to lie behind any examples of the surname. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair (see Hardy). North German: patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name with the first element hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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


Similar surnames: Hayden, Hadden, Haren, Carden, Harder, Harten, Marden, Barden, Harben

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You can see how Harden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harden families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 36 Harden families living in Ontario. This was about 26% of all the recorded Harden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Harden families in 1911.
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What did your Harden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Harden. 44% of Harden men worked as a Farmer.

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*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
    44%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Chef
    8%
  • Laborer
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Harden. For the veterans among your Harden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harden lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Harden in 1942 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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