Harding Family History

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Harding Name Meaning

English (mainly southern England and South Wales) and Irish: from the Old English personal name Hearding, originally a patronymic from Hard 1. The surname was first taken to Ireland in the 15th century, and more families of the name settled there 200 years later in Tipperary and surrounding counties. North German and Dutch: patronymic from a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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

Similar surnames: Hardin, Harting, Harling, Harring, Hartig, Haring, Herring, Darling

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Harding Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harding name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harding. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Harding Family Origin

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Harding Family Occupations

What did your Harding ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harding. A less common occupation for the Harding family was Carpenter. The most common Harding occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Harding's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Harding ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Harding Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 669,000 census records available for the last name Harding. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harding census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Harding. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 68,000 military records available for the last name Harding. For the veterans among your Harding ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harding Life Expectancy

What is the average Harding lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Harding life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Harding in 1941 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harding

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harding ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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