Harder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Harder family

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.

Important Dates for the Harder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harder research. Another 125 words (9 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Harder family (pre 1700)

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Harder migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Abrah Harder, who arrived in New York in 1874
  • Herm Harder, aged 46, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • John Harder, aged 51, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

Harder migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Harder (post 1700)

  • William G. Harder, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1909 [2]
  • William A. Harder, American politician, Mayor of Hudson, New York, 1904-05 [2]
  • Stacie Harder, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000 [2]
  • Minard Harder, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1870 [2]
  • Marvin A. Harder, American Democrat politician, Kansas Democratic State Chair, 1954-55; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956 [2]
  • Margaret G. Harder, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936 [2]
  • Lewis F. Harder, American Republican politician, Manufacturer; Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1924-25 [2]
  • Gustav Harder, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 24th District, 1948 [2]
  • Charles P. Harder, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Danville, Pennsylvania, 1902-06 [2]
  • Allan E. Harder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996 [2]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Harder family

Bismarck
  • Heinz Harder (1921-1941), German Mechanikersobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • 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 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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