When Milo Thomas Hardy was born on 9 October 1841, in South Newbury, Newbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Truman Hardy, was 29 and his mother, Ellen Maria Beal, was 28. He married Melissa Harriet Ober on 27 February 1866, in Grand River, Lake, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States for about 5 years and Newbury Township, Geauga, Ohio, United States for about 10 years. He died on 30 December 1919, in Douglasville, Douglas, Georgia, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Newbury Center, Geauga, Ohio, United States.
English, French, and Walloon: nickname for a brave or foolhardy man, from Old French, Middle English hardi ‘bold, courageous’. The surname of Walloon origin is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium (mainly in Belgian Limburg). Compare Hard 2.
Irish: in addition to being an importation of the English name, this is also found as an Anglicized form (by partial translation) of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair ‘son of the hard lad’.
Americanized form of Swiss German Härdi: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with hard ‘brave, strong’.