Smith is the most common surname in the U.S. In 2000, there were 2.4 million Smiths in America. Colorado is not much different. According to Ancestry.com the most common last name in our state is Smith as well.

Top 3 Surnames in Colorado:

1. Smith
2. Johnson
3. Martinez

What does Harding mean?

Because I was already on Ancestry.com, I decided to look up my name and see what it means. Here is what I found:

Harding - English (mainly southern England and South Wales) and Irish: from the Old English personal name Hearding, originally a patronymic from Hard 1. The surname was first taken to Ireland in the 15th century, and more families of the name settled there 200 years later in Tipperary and surrounding counties. North German and Dutch: patronymic from a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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