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The name Harder has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in two parishes near Canterbury referred to as Hardres.

Harder Early Origins



The surname Harder 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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Harder Spelling Variations


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Harder Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Harder have been found, including Hardress, Hardres, Hardresse, Hardrese, Harders and many more.

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Harder Early History


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Harder Early History



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

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Harder Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harder Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Harder, or a variant listed above:

Harder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. G. Harder traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Elis Harder, who landed in America in 1847
  • Abrah Harder, who arrived in New York in 1874
  • Herm Harder, aged 46, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • John Harder, aged 51, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julius Harder, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Harder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Harder, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Phillip Harder, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Abraham Harder, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Cornelius Harder, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Diedrich Harder, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harder (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harder (post 1700)



  • Stacie Harder, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000
  • Minard Harder, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1870
  • Marvin A. Harder, American Democrat politician, Kansas Democratic State Chair, 1954-55; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956
  • Margaret G. Harder, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936
  • Lewis F. Harder, American Republican politician, Manufacturer; Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1924-25
  • Gustav Harder, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 24th District, 1948
  • Charles P. Harder, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Danville, Pennsylvania, 1902-06
  • Allan E. Harder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996
  • William A. Harder, American politician, Mayor of Hudson, New York, 1904-05
  • William G. Harder, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1909
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Harder Historic Events


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Harder Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Harder, aged 39, English Window Cleaner from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Mrs. Dorothy Harder, (née Annan), aged 21, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
  • Mr. George Achilles Harder, aged 25, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5

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Suggested Readings for the name Harder


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Suggested Readings for the name Harder



  • A Harder Family by Katherine Block Wolpert.

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Harder Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Harder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harder 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.

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