When Joseph Napoleon Hardy was born on 22 March 1840, in Natchitoches, Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States, his father, Charles John Joseph Christopher Hardy, was 50 and his mother, Madeleine Joséphine Tarby, was 32. He married Marie Marguerite Lafaye on 20 November 1868, in Orleans, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States in 1840. He registered for military service in 1861. His occupation is listed as salesman, wholesale drug and grocery firm in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He died on 17 March 1895, in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, 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’.
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