When Squire William Hardy was born on 28 January 1853, in Newton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, George Hardy Sr, was 54 and his mother, Merab Beard, was 36. He died in October 1854, in Newton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 1.
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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