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Origins of the Hart surname

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What does the name Hart mean?

The origin of the Hart surname is English. Most simply, the name is descriptive and derives from those who had qualities of the 'hart' (deer) or their descendants. The word also became a personal name in the medieval era, and could have arrived as a surname through the patronymic system and the successors of these named individuals.

Alternative variations of the name Hart

Hart, Harte, Hard, Harde, Art

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Where do most Harts live?

In 1921, most Harts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Harts

How common is your surname?

128th most common surname in the UK

We have 255,000 records for the Hart surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Harts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hart first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Harts

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

Common Female occupations for Harts in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Harts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer






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