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The name Hard is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in two parishes near Canterbury referred to as Hardres.

Hard Early Origins



The surname Hard was first found in Kent, where family members were Lords of the manor Lyminge. The earliest recorded ancestor is Robert de Hardres, who lived during the reigns of Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror. He held his lands from the Archbishop of Canterbury, which consisted of a church, a mill, and a fishery of forty eels, as recorded in the Domesday Book. The family derived from Ardres in Picardy.

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Hard Spelling Variations


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Hard Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hard were recorded, including Hardress, Hardres, Hardresse, Hardrese, Harders and many more.

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Hard Early History


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Hard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hard research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1610, 1681, 1664 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Hard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hard family emigrate to North America:

Hard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Xtopr Hard, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • William Hard, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664
  • William Hard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683

Hard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Hard, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Hard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Samuel Hard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Carl August Hard, who settled in Minneapolis sometime between 1873 and 1878

Hard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Hard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Phili Hard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Hard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hard, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hard (post 1700)



  • Ron Hard, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1982
  • Myron E. Hard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Ohio commissioner of common schools, 1897
  • Judy Hard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972
  • John A. Hard, American politician, Warden (Borough President) of Bantam, Connecticut, 1920
  • Henry Merritt Hard (1842-1929), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1882-83
  • Gideon Hard (1797-1885), American politician, Representative from New York 33rd District, 1833-37; Member of New York State Senate 8th District, 1842-47; County Judge in New York, 1856-60
  • David M. Hard, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 2nd District, 1858
  • D. D. T. Hard, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Jackson County, 1850-51
  • Benjamin Hard (1779-1836), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newtown, 1825-26, 1828
  • Anna S. Hard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1936

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Hard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 08:52.

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