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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 Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Hard Family Origin

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Hard Family Occupations

What did your Hard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hard. A less common occupation for the Hard family was Carpenter. The most common Hard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Hard's were Farmers.

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  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Hard Historical Records

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Census Record

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.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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.

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Hard Life Expectancy

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.

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