When Ralph Conrad Harding was born on 4 June 1874, in Palestine, Crawford, Illinois, United States, his father, John Henry Harding, was 39 and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Whipkey, was 33. He married Nettie May Cochran on 12 August 1900. He lived in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States in 1935 and Nickerson, Reno, Kansas, United States in 1940. He died on 5 February 1958, at the age of 83, and was buried in Osborne, Osborne, Kansas, United States.
English: from the Middle English personal name Harding (Old English Hearding, literally ‘the hard one’ a derivative of Old English heard ‘hard, harsh, strong, firm, brave’). 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 various ancient Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’, or a habitational name from a farm named Harding, of the same etymology.
History: Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865–1923), the 29th president of the US, was born on a farm in OH, of English and Scottish stock on his father's side. Early American bearers of this very common name include Joseph Harding who died at Plymouth in 1633. His great-great grandson Seth was a naval officer during the American Revolution.