1) The positive meanings of 'hard' when used of people are firm, and unyielding, and they contrast with unfeeling, callous and difficult to deal with.

It was evidently popular as an element in nicknames so the interpretation of early by-names remains a matter for conjecture: 1301 Thomas Hardlad, Acklam

John Hardladd, East Hauxwell.

places East Hauxwell
dates 1301

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