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hardy boy

First name origin & meaning:

Old English: Good health

First name variations: Hardin, Harden, Harding, Hardley, Hardee, Hard, Hardey, Hardi, Hardie

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English, Scottish, and French: nickname for a brave or foolhardy man, from Old French, Middle English hardi ‘bold’, ‘courageous’ (of Germanic origin; compare Hard 1).
  2. Irish: in addition to being an importation of the English name, this is also found as an Anglicized form (by partial translation) of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair ‘son of the hard lad’.
  3. Scottish: variant spelling of Hardie 2.
  4. Bearers of the surname Hardy from Anjou and Normandy, France, are documented in Quebec City in 1669. The secondary surnames Châtillon, <xref>Jolicoeur</xref>, and De Joncaire are documented.
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