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Meaning and Origin of: Harden

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Good health

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (mainly southeastern England) : habitational name from Harden in West Yorkshire, which gets its name from Old English hara ‘hare’ or hær ‘rock’ + denu ‘valley’. Harden in Staffordshire, recorded in the Middle Ages as Haworthyn, Harwerthyn (from Old English hēah ‘high’ + worðign ‘enclosure’), was probably not reduced to its modern form early enough to lie behind any examples of the surname.
  • Irish : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair (see Hardy).
  • North German : patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name with the first element hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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