Means "strong arm" from Middle English. Tradition holds that the family is descended from Siward, an 11th-century Earl of Northumbria. Famous bearers of this name include the Americans Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), a jazz musician, and Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), an astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon.
From Middle High German bër
"bear" or ber
"boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum
in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
Derived from the given name HEARD
. A famous bearer was American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
HARDY English, French
From Old French and Middle English hardi
meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
Means "son of Orti", a byname deriving either from Latin fortis
meaning "brave, strong" or fortunius
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia
in Latin, meaning "power, force".
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto
"strong", from Latin robustus
"firm, solid, oaken".
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid", from Old English stearc
or Old High German stark
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto