Harder Family History

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Harder Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a hardener of metals or a baker, from an agent derivative of Middle English harde(n); this verb is known to have been used with reference to metals and to heating dough. North German, Frisian, and Danish: from a personal name, Harder, Herder. South German: topographic name or habitational name from any of the places named with Middle High German hart ‘woodland used as pasture’.

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

Similar surnames: Herder, Harden, Harker, Halder, Hader, Harper, Harrer, Harer, Harter

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Harder Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harder name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harder. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Harder Family Origin

Where is the Harder family from?

Harder Family Occupations

What did your Harder ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Harder occupation in Canada was Farmer. 47% of Harder's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Farmers Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harder. A less common occupation for the Harder family was S.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Farmers Son

  • S


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Harder ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Harder Historical Records

What Harder family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Harder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harder census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Harder. 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.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Harder. For the veterans among your Harder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harder Life Expectancy

What is the average Harder lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harder in 1944 was 39, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harder ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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