First name origins & meanings:
- Irish: From the black fortress
- Old English: Wool carder
First name variations: Card, Cardin, Cardew, Carden
Last name origins & meanings:
- French: from Old Norman French cardon ‘thistle’ (a
diminutive of carde, from Latin carduus), hence a
topographic name for someone who lived on land overgrown with
thistles, an occupational name for someone who carded wool (originally
a process carried out with thistles and teasels), or perhaps a
nickname for a prickly and unapproachable person.
- French: possibly
from a reduced form of the personal name Ricardon, a pet form
- English: variant spelling of Carden,
cognate with 1.
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