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Origin and popularity of the name HARDY


Hardy : 1: 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 2.2: 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’.3: Americanized form of Swiss German Härdi: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with hard ‘brave strong’.4: Polish: nickname from hardy ‘haughty proud’ (compare Gardy).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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