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Origins of the Harding surname

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What does the name Harding mean?

The Harding surname is English, with Anglo-Saxon roots. It is mostly patronymic, and relates to those who are the son of Harding, once a popular Old English name (translated to 'firm or hard one'). The name is found in the 1086 Domesday book, suggesting that it may have been present before the Norman Conquest.

Alternative variations of the name Harding

Harding, Hardinge, Hardyng, Harting, Hairding

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Where do most Hardings live?

In 1921, most Hardings lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Hardings

How common is your surname?

162nd most common surname in the UK

We have 222,000 records for the Harding surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Hardings most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

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What are the most common Harding first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hardings

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hardings in 1921
Dressmaker

1,170

Laundress

716

General Servant Domestic

550

Domestic Servant

533

House Servant

433

Common Male occupations for Hardings in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,090

General Labourer

945

Carpenter

834

Farm Labourer

690

Farmer

641

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