Harden Family History
Harden Name Meaning
English: variant of Arden with prosthetic H-. English: habitational name either from Haredene Wood in East Tisbury (Wiltshire) or from Haredon (in Ugborough Devon). The first placename probably derives from Old English hara ‘hare’ + denu ‘valley’. The second is from Old English hara + dūn ‘hare hill’. English: variant of Harding . Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Harden (Roxburghshire). Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair; see Hardy . North German: patronymic from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name with the first element hard ‘hardy brave strong’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press