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.