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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Chard or South Chard in Somerset, recorded in Domesday Book as Cerdren, possibly from Old English ceart ‘rough heathland’ + ærn ‘building’, ‘dwelling’. In some instances the surname may have arisen simply as a topographic name from ceart.
  • French : from the personal name Chard, a short form of Richard;
  • French : habitational name for someone from Chard in the department of Creuse.

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