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Harder Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from an agent noun derived from Middle English hardenen ‘to make hard’ (Old English heardian) denoting a hardener of metals (used by Chaucer) and elsewhere a baker who hardened dough with heat. North German and Danish: from the ancient Germanic personal name Harther composed of the elements hard ‘strong hard’+ heri ‘army’. South German: topographic name from Middle High German hart ‘woodland used as pasture’ or a habitational name for someone from any of the places called with this word. Dutch: vowel variant of Herder an occupational name for a shepherd.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Herder, Harden, Harker, Halder, Hader, Harper, Harrer, Harer, Harter

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Where is the Harder family from?

You can see how Harder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harder families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 51 Harder families living in London. This was about 42% of all the recorded Harder's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Harder families in 1891.
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What did your Harder ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harder. 43% of Harder men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Harder women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harder were Postman and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Plumber fitter Heavy Worker
  • Postman

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • House Duties
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Harder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harder census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Harder. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Harder. For the veterans among your Harder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harder lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harder in 1944 was 39, and 80 in 2004.

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