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Hart Name Meaning

English and North German: from a personal name or nickname meaning ‘stag’, Middle English hert, Middle Low German hërte, harte. German: variant spelling of Hardt 1 and 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or a nickname from German and Yiddish hart ‘hard’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirt ‘descendant of Art’, a byname meaning ‘bear’, ‘hero’. The English name became established in Ireland in the 17th century. French: from an Old French word meaning ‘rope’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a rope maker or a hangman. Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch hart, hert ‘hard’, ‘strong’, ‘ruthless’, ‘unruly’.

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


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

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Where is the Hart family from?

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 the 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 the 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 US 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
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 191,000 military records available for the last name Hart. For the veterans among your Hart ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hart lifespan?

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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