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This is an English name of considerable antiquity, and usually recorded as Harding or Arding. It has its origins in the pre 7th Century personal name 'H(e)arding', the patronymic form of 'H(e)ard', and meaning 'the son of the hard one'! To be so called was well thought of in those far off days, when most 'names' were associated with war, glory and god. The origins are Anglo-Saxon (Germanic), and later after the 1066 Invasion, Norman-French as well. Whilst usually an independent byname, it may also be found as a short form of various pre 10th century compound names with 'hard' as a first element, such as 'Hardwulf', although this does not seem to have come down as a modern day surname, or 'Hardstaff' which has, although this latter maybe a medieval nickname of less salubrious meaning...

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Elizabeth Rios

My ancestors came from Tipperary from what I hear from family stories. Any Harding’s there? My ancestors are John Harding going to New York in late 1800’s.

Tracey Hoy

Hello I’m looking for any information on Tamar Harding. Born 1823 in Cork, lived in Black Rock before travelling to Australia on the Georgiana in 1841. Died 20 Feb 1899. Her father could have been Fr Robert Harding.


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