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First name origins & meanings:

  1. Irish: From the black fortress
  2. Old English: Wool carder

First name variations: Card, Cardin, Cardon, Cardew

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: from Anglo-Norman French cardon ‘thistle’ (a diminutive of carde, from Latin carduus), probably applied as a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land overgrown with thistles, as an occupational name for someone involved in the carding of wool, originally carried out with thistle and teasel heads, or as a nickname for a prickly and unapproachable person.
  2. English: habitational name from Carden in Cheshire, which is recorded in the mid 13th century in the form Kawrdin and in the early 14th century as Cawardyn; it is probably named with Old English carr ‘rock’ + wor{dh}ign ‘enclosure’.
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