Last name origins & meanings:
- English and North German: from a personal name or nickname
meaning ‘stag’, Middle English hert, Middle Low German
- German: variant spelling
of Hardt 1 and 2.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or a
nickname from German and Yiddish hart ‘hard’.
- Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirt ‘descendant of
Art’, a byname meaning ‘bear’, ‘hero’. The English name became
established in Ireland in the 17th century.
- French: from an Old
French word meaning ‘rope’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational
name for a rope maker or a hangman.
- Dutch: nickname from
Middle Dutch hart, hert ‘hard’, ‘strong’, ‘ruthless’,
- This name was brought independently to New England by many bearers
from the 17th century onward. Stephen Hart was one of the founders of
Hartford, CT, (coming from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in
Famous people with this first name:
Melissa Joan Hart
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