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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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Where is the Harder family from?

You can see how Harder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harder families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 59 Harder families living in New York. This was about 65% of all the recorded Harder's in USA. New York had the highest population of Harder families in 1840.
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What did your Harder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harder. 23% of Harder men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Harder women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harder were Carpenter and Maid. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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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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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