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Harden Name Meaning

English (mainly southeastern England): habitational name from Harden in West Yorkshire, which gets its name from Old English hara ‘hare’ or hær ‘rock’ + denu ‘valley’. Harden in Staffordshire, recorded in the Middle Ages as Haworthyn, Harwerthyn (from Old English heah ‘high’ + worðign ‘enclosure’), was probably not reduced to its modern form early enough to lie behind any examples of the surname. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair (see Hardy). North German: patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name with the first element hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hayden, Hadden, Haren, Carden, Harder, Harten, Marden, Barden, Harben

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Harden Family Origin

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Harden Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Harden. 11% of Harden men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Harden women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harden were Dairy Farmer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

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Harden Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Harden Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Harden in 1942 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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