1) Evidently cod, ling, and the like, salted and dried (OED) although the examples quoted there were from Scotland and first noted as late as the early 1800s.

Two fourteenth-century Yorkshire by-names may have been occupational nicknames: 1377 Robertus hardfyscheman, Newton Waleys

1379 Clemencia Hardfysch, Pontefract. Latin documents point to its much earlier use: 1301-2 et cc duri piscis, Bolton Priory.

dates 1301-1302 1377

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