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Hart Name Meaning

English and North German: nickname from Middle English hert (Old English heorot) Middle Low German hërte harte ‘hart stag’ perhaps for a quick-footed or timorous individual. German: variant of Hardt 1 and It is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name or nickname from German and Yiddish hart ‘hard’. Dutch: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name with the first element hard ‘hardy brave strong’. Dutch (‘t Hart): from Middle Dutch hart modern Dutch hert ‘deer hart’ or hart ‘heart’ applied as a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn named for instance ‘t Vliegend Hart (‘the Flying Deer’) or ‘t Dorstig Hart (‘the Thirsty Heart’). Compare De Hart . Americanized form (a shortened and altered translation) of some of the French surnames containing the word coeur ‘heart’: Francoeur Jolicoeur Vadeboncoeur .7: French: from an Old French word meaning ‘rope’ hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a rope maker or a hangman.8: Irish (Sligo): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirt ‘descendant of Art’ a byname meaning ‘bear’ or ‘hero’. The English surname became established in Ireland in the 17th century. Compare Hartin .9: Native American (Cheyenne): from a shortened and altered English translation of the Cheyenne personal name Homa'ehesta ‘Beaver Heart’ composed of homa'e ‘beaver’ (see also Beaver ) and hesta ‘heart’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hard, Hare, Hardt, Hartz, Haut, Cart, Halt, Harp, Harty, Art

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You can see how Hart families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hart family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hart families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 501 Hart families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Hart's in USA. New York had the highest population of Hart families in 1840.
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What did your Hart ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hart. 14% of Hart men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Hart women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hart were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hart life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hart in 1940 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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