Last name origins & meanings:
- English, Scottish, and French: nickname for a brave or
foolhardy man, from Old French, Middle English hardi ‘bold’,
‘courageous’ (of Germanic origin; compare Hard 1).
- 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’.
- Scottish: variant spelling of Hardie 2.
- Bearers of the surname Hardy from Anjou and Normandy, France, are documented
in Quebec City in 1669. The secondary surnames Châtillon,
<xref>Jolicoeur</xref>, and De Joncaire are documented.
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