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The HARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 6,831 4744 0.003 25
United States (1880 census) 1,292 4391 0.003 26
Change since 1880 +5539 -353 0 -1
Other Countries
Australia 167 8868 0.001 10
United Kingdom 345 11599 0.001 8
Top States for HARD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 701 8420 0.003 34
California 570 14025 0.002 17
Illinois 465 9158 0.004 37
Florida 450 12789 0.003 28
Michigan 379 10752 0.004 38
Top States for HARD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 150 2238 0.025 246
Alaska 60 5069 0.010 96
Alabama 322 4843 0.007 72
Colorado 262 6748 0.006 61
Oregon 150 9231 0.004 44


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HARD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HARD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HARD in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HARD by picking someone at random in Vermont than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HARD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the HARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 353 5.17
Mixed Race 79 1.16
Asian/Pacific 60 0.88
Native American/Alaskan 25 0.37
White (Caucasian) 3,198 46.82
White (Hispanic) 3,116 45.62

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HARD in historical publications

HARD. A quay or landing place ; a hard, that is a safe place for debarkation. The â– word occurs in several dialects, and a wellknown instance of it as a topographical term is the 'Common Hard,' at Portsmouth.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to HARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HARD

The following words are slight variants of HARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.