First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Good health
First name variations: Hardin, Harden, Hardley, Hardee, Hard, Hardey, Hardi, Hardie, Hardy
Last name origins & meanings:
- English (mainly southern England and South Wales) and Irish: from the Old English personal name Hearding, originally a
patronymic from Hard 1. The surname was first taken to Ireland
in the 15th century, and more families of the name settled there 200
years later in Tipperary and surrounding counties.
German and Dutch: patronymic from a short form of any of the various
Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy’,
- Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865–1923), the 29th president of the
U.S., was born on a farm in OH, of English and Scottish stock on his
father’s side. Early American bearers of this very common name include
Joseph Harding who died at Plymouth in 1633. His great-great grandson
Seth was a naval officer during the American Revolution.
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