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Hardy Surname Meaning

English French and Walloon: nickname for a brave or foolhardy man from Old French Middle English hardi ‘bold courageous’. The surname of Walloon origin is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium (mainly in Belgian Limburg). Compare Hard 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’. Americanized form of Swiss German Härdi: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with hard ‘brave strong’. Polish: nickname from hardy ‘haughty proud’ (compare Gardy ).

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Hardt, Harty, Harry, Hards, Handy, Hendy, Gard, Hurry, Havey

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Where is the Hardy family from?

You can see how Hardy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hardy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hardy families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 3,468 Hardy families living in Yorkshire. This was about 18% of all the recorded Hardy's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Hardy families in 1891.
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What did your Hardy 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 Hardy. 8% of Hardy men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Hardy women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hardy were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 62,000 immigration records available for the last name Hardy. 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 91,000 military records available for the last name Hardy. For the veterans among your Hardy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hardy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hardy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hardy in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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